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GERMANY – DESTINATION CULTURE Breathtaking architecture, creative potential
and innovative ideas in art and technology – from the coast to the Alps.

BERLIN & BRANDENBURG Culture and entertainment around the capital city. THEME PARKS & SHOPPING Fun for the entire family. BLACK FOREST & LAKE CONSTANCE Vacation variety for active enjoyment. SUPPLEMENT FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011™.

Edition 2011 | 12

SouthWest Germany is throwing a party for the car.

Come and join us!
The best brainwave since the car. It’s SouthWest Germany’s 125-day party to celebrate the 125th birthday of the car.

May 7, 2011 to September 10, 2011

Sponsored by:

An initiative of:

Maritime culture, the new art scene and lifestyle, industrial culture and modern architecture as well as high-tech and automotive …

Dear reader,
Health and wellness travel is very much in vogue. Around 40 per cent of international visitors come to Germany for leisure purposes. 15 per cent travel with the specific intention of doing something for their fitness, beauty or wellbeing. In this latest edition of Discover Germany we will tell you about some of our country’s top destinations for health-related travel. More than 350 spa resorts make Germany a leading choice for health and wellness travel. Germany has also earned a global reputation as a destination for medical tourism. What’s more, there is a multitude of spa and beauty hotels that specialise in a holistic approach to wellness. These are ideal for holidaymakers who want to rest, relax and escape their everyday cares. In our special “Destination Culture” you will find lots of ideas and inspiration for combining your wellness holiday with culture and entertainment. To tie in with the 125th anniversary of the motor car in 2011 we will also be telling you about the centres of Germany’s automotive industry. The factory guided tours and on-site museums offer fascinating insights into the past, present and future of an industry that changed the world.

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We hope to see you soon.

Petra Hedorfer, Chief Executive Officer German National Tourist Board

Destination Culture
04 MARITIME CULTURE Hip port cities,
Nordic flair and a stiff breeze along Germany’s coasts
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08 NEW ART Cultural life flourishes in
cities such as Berlin, Leipzig, Dresden, Weimar and Dessau

industrial buildings are transformed into modern worlds of experience

Germany’s most important invention is celebrating its 125th birthday

29 HAMBURG The green city on the Elbe 29 AACHEN Thermal springs and royal
and the Netherlands
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heritage where Germany meets Belgium

30 COLOGNE/BONN Cultural duo on

22 BERLIN Germany’s all-night capital 23 HOLLYWOOD MEDIA HOTEL Home
from home and fit for a film star

the Rhine

31 DÜSSELDORF A city for fun, fashion
and upcoming trends

32 FRANKFURT City of money, museums
and trade fairs

24 BERLIN A buzzing city of contradictions
and Germany’s melting pot

32 MUNICH Culture between beer gardens
and art, football and architectural masterpieces

25 LEIPZIG Coffee and shopping in
Saxony’s unofficial capital

33 BADEN-BADEN Elegant World Spa
Resort in the Black Forest

25 DRESDEN Music festivals in palaces
and on the river

26 POTSDAM Strolling through the
gardens of Prussia’s Arcadia

27 BRANDENBURG “Potsdam 2011 –
City of Film”

experiences in Niedersachsen

28 HANNOVER Sightseeing made easy
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47 NÖRDLINGEN The most beautiful
corners are round

48 ROTHENBURG ob der Tauber.
Romanticism, living history and unique flair

Bavaria’s religious centres commemorate King Ludwig II

Holiday Regions
Archiv Ahr Rhein Eifel, Tourismus & Service GmbH

36 CAST OFF! Travel by houseboat through
north-east Germany

Travel Themes
Perfect for gourmets and fashion fans

38 NIEDERSACHSEN Actively experience
nature – a holiday destination with many
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natural landscapes

53 THEME PARKS Adventure, pleasure
and thrills

into a 300-year success story

54 HIGHLIGHTS Events – concerts –

40 RHINE-MOSELLE Idyllic scenery and
the home of riesling

59 General Information 62 Map of Germany

tribute to Germany’s winemaking heritage

42 BLACK FOREST Germany’s most
varied holiday region

44 BODENSEE A holiday at Lake
Constance in the heart of Europe

46 GERMAN ALPINE ROAD Fairytale tour
of the Bavarian Alps


S teep and rugged or sandy and sweeping, Germany’s coastline stretches for 1,200

kilometres. In the coastal regions of Lower Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein and MecklenburgWestern Pomerania, the sea plays a big part in life – in every respect



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Hip port cities, Nordic flair and a stiff sea breeze

Where the land meets the sea

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1 Bremerhaven German Emigration Centre 2 Lübeck Merchants’ houses 3 National Park Wadden sea 4 Stralsund German Oceanographic Museum

There’s just no getting away from the sea in this part of northern Germany. And especially not in Emden, a town of just 50,000 people that was one of Europe’s leading port cities 500 years ago. Moored in Emden is the Amrumbank, a museum ship that gave service as a floating lighthouse in various positions in the North Sea from 1917 to 1983.

Lower Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein
and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania – Germany’s three northernmost federal states – are ideal destinations for a seaside holiday. But that’s by no means all they have to offer. There are friendly towns and cities replete with beautiful, historical buildings, for example, lots of cultural attractions, and many an exciting story to hear from days gone by.

leled extent, is one such destination. Between 1830 and 1974, more than seven million people emigrated from Bremerhaven, most of them to the USA. The German Emigration Centre, Europe’s largest interactive museum devoted to this subject, tells the emigrants’ stories, explains their motives, and explores the ins and outs of their journey across the Atlantic and arrival at Ellis Island, New York. Wilhelmshaven is also lapped by the waters of the North Sea, so it’s no surprise that the sea plays a big part in its attractions. Along the Maritime Meile waterfront ensemble, for example, there is the Coastal Museum am Bontekai with its exhibition on the world of whales, and the Wattenmeerhaus, which showcases the flora and fauna of the Lower Saxony Wadden Sea National Park.

Schleswig-Holstein’s history is of a different character. In this region, or more precisely in North Friesland, people love to tell stories of dark and stormy nights in which the westerly winds chase dark clouds through the sky; in which the sea whips against the dykes and some of the coast dwellers even claim to have seen the famous ‘Rider on the White Horse’ – the ghostly literary character penned by the German poet Theodor Storm.
Husum is the region’s biggest city and the place where Theodor Storm grew up. This pretty little town with its medieval gabled houses has a lively feel and a loveable charm. Theodor Storm once lived right in the centre of Husum, at Wasserreihe no. 31, a house that now accommodates the Theodor Storm Museum.

Between 1830 and 1974, more than seven million people left Germany from Bremerhaven.

Bremerhaven, whose history has been shaped by the sea to an almost unparal-

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Text: Karen Amme – travel journalist and marine expert. Feels at home along all of Europe’s coasts and writes about them in daily newspapers and weekly magazines.

it cuts through the marshes and sandy heathland of Schleswig-Holstein, and enables close to 50,000 ships a year to avoid making the long journey around the Jutland peninsula via Skagen in northern Denmark. Lübeck may be known as Kiel’s little sister, but this town at the end of the Bay of Lübeck is also a wonderful destination in its own right. “In proximity to the ocean one finds no shortage of notable towns. But Lübeck surpasses them all”, wrote Pope Pius in 1457. Lübeck is renowned for its distinctive skyline, in which seven church spires tower over the old quarter, its magnificent bürgerhäuser and merchants’ houses, its maze of cobbled lanes and brick façades, and for the Holsten Gate with its mighty towers. Lübeck also provides the setting for a number of novels, including Thomas Mann’s family saga Buddenbrooks. Just 20 minutes by car from Husum is the small town of Tönning. Located on the Eiderstedt peninsula, which is surrounded by the coastal mudflats, Tönning is home to the Multimar Wattforum National Park Centre – a must see attraction on any tour of northern Germany. This is the largest visitor centre in Schleswig-Holstein’s Wadden Sea National Park and tells you everything you need to know about biodiversity in the coastal mudflats, the tides, and the conservation of indigenous life. Follow the coast eastwards and you arrive in Kiel, the regional capital of Schleswig-Holstein. This is where the Kiel Canal, the most heavily used artificial waterway in the world, empties into the Baltic Sea. For around 100 kilometres, One could stay forever in Lübeck, wandering the lanes, paying a visit to Buddenbrooks House and admiring the town hall – one of the oldest in Germany. Also part of Lübeck is the seaside resort of Travemünde, which boasts an idyllic old quarter and a promenade stretching for more than two kilometres.

first Wismar, then Rostock and finally Stralsund. The old quarters in Wismar and Stralsund were major trade centres in the 14th and 15th century and have been inscribed on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites. Why? Because they have retained their original medieval layouts and characteristic architectural styles, and because of their superbly preserved brick-Gothic buildings.

Stralsund’s top attractions: the German Oceanographic Museum, northern Germany’s most visited museum, and the nearby Ozeaneum, Europe’s Museum of the Year 2010.

In the heart of historical Stralsund is the triple-naved, Gothic hall of the former Church of St. Catherine. This is now home to the German Oceanographic Museum, the most visited museum in northern Germany with its sensational sea turtle aquarium. Just a short walk away is the Ozeaneum, Europe’s Museum of the Year 2010. Here, around 7,000 plants and animals live in more than six million litres of water. Of the many other attractions of note in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, the abundant piers are among the most prominent. Reaching far out into the Baltic Sea, each one seems to outdo the last in terms of beauty and architecture. Sellin pier on Rügen Island, for example, seems to hover above the sea like a miniature fairytale palace. The pier in Heringsdorf on Usedom island, meanwhile, is the longest in mainland Europe at 508 metres. Of course, there’s nothing like discovering Germany’s coastal regions for yourself, and taking lots and lots of time to enjoy it all .

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This is where the coast of SchleswigHolstein ends and the shores of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania begin. Where small, sleepy villages dot a verdant landscape and idyllic avenues are lined with ancient chestnut trees. Then the Hanseatic towns rise up on the horizon,

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Creative cities and brilliant, buzzing towns

Always a finger on the pulse of time

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E ast is east. In Berlin, Leipzig, Dresden, Weimar and Dessau, the arts are blossoming. Germany’s creative potential in the visual arts and in film and design is proving more important and influential than ever before in the new millennium


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Text: Ann Wente – scene insider with an art history background. She highlights German cities’ hot spots for art & culture, shopping & lifestyle in travel guides and city magazines.

1 Berlin University of the Arts 2 Leipzig Museum of Fine Arts 3 Dresden Green Vault, Pretiosensaal 4 Weimar Bauhaus University

While in most countries, the leading museums, theatres and art scenes are concentrated in just a few big cities, in Germany you are spoilt for choice. Even small towns have a breathtaking array of cultural entertainment.
Berlin does full justice to its reputation as Europe's culture capital. There’s something new to discover every day in this creative hub, and the events calendar has never been so packed. Other important cultural destinations in Germany’s east include Leipzig, Dresden and, of course, Weimar and Dessau. Down the centuries, Weimar has been home to many of the greats of German literature, music, philosophy and art. Today, it mixes trendy urban living with a long tradition of culture.

tecture and the visual arts. From the Barcelona chair to Corbusier’s chaise longue, Bauhaus is synonymous around the world with linear, functional and avant-garde design. Bauhaus ideals have influenced generations of designers, and continue to do so today, and the Bauhaus University in Weimar is one of Germany's creative think tanks.

In 1925 the Bauhaus moved to Dessau, a true place of pilgrimage for fans of architecture and design.

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In the Bauhaus Foundation’s listed Gropius building, groups of international students develop new design concepts in line with Bauhaus principles. This all takes place just a short distance from the master houses and experimental housing estates designed by Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky and Lyonel Feininger. A counterpoint to these cubic, nested buildings can be found nearby in the Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz. Covering an area of 142 square kilometres, the Garden Kingdom encompasses magnificent palaces, such as the Dutch-inspired Oranienbaum, and a beautiful and extensive collection of 18th-century gardens. In November 2000 it joined the Bauhaus sites on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

UNESCO has bestowed a very special honour on Berlin. In 2005, Germany’s capital became the first and so far only European city to be awarded the organisation’s prestigious ‘City of Design’ title.
Berlin is ideal for creative spirits. It has lots of spare and relatively inexpensive space for studios, ten prestigious higher education institutes with specialist art faculties, and an audience that is curious and open to everything. Events such as the DMY Design Festival give established and up-and-coming designers alike the chance to unveil their latest ‘product experiments’.

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German fashion has long been a fixture on the world stage, whether on the red carpets or out on the streets. Labels like adidas, BOSS and Escada, and designers such as Wolfgang Joop and Karl Lagerfeld are among the biggest names in the fashion industry. Berlinbased designers on the verge of gaining international fame include Michael Michalsky with his feminine designs, the c.neeon label with its brightly coloured, artistic clothing and Kaviar Gauche, which makes stylish, elegant gowns.

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The best in product design can be seen in the Vitra Design Museum, the Deutscher Werkbund’s ‘Museum of Things’ and the Bauhaus Archive.

journalists and buyers. Interestingly, the grand dame of British fashion, Vivienne Westwood has also had a lasting impact on the Berlin scene. From 1993 to 2005, she taught fashion design at the Berlin University of Arts, one of the world’s largest and most highly respected art universities. Creative centres such as Berlin are one of the reasons why Germany occupies such a prominent position in contemporary art. Works by German artists achieve top prices at auctions and are represented in important collections and many major museums. Offbeat art festivals help drive the avant-garde scene forward. In art circles, the Berlin Biennale has established itself alongside the documenta in Kassel, while the Transmediale has become a leading international festival for digital art. The Ostrale in Dresden, which is set in a former abattoir, has become a stimulating artistic counterpoint to the city's baroque grandeur. And Leipzig, from which a new wave of German painting has emerged, explores further aspects of modern art with its F/STOP photography festival. The city also lends its name to one of the most influential art movements of recent years, the New Leipzig School. The movement is closely associated with the city’s prestigious Academy of Visual Arts, and its most

famous exponents are Neo Rauch and Matthias Weischer.

These two star artists, together
with 100 others, have their studios in the Baumwollspinnerei, a former cotton mill in Leipzig. Galleries and designers have also set up on the site and made it one of the most vibrant art hubs in Germany. Not only does the Museum of Fine Arts in Leipzig hold an exquisite public art collection, but it is also probably the most spectacular newly built museum in Germany. The Dresden State Art Collections have been among the most important museums in the world for hundreds of years now. The twelve museums, which include the Picture Gallery and the Green Vault, display the treasures of the Saxon Electors in incomparably splendid surroundings. Reopened in 2010, the Albertinum museum features works from the Romantic period to the modern day, from Caspar David Friedrich to Gerhard Richter .

In the Mitte, Friedrichshain and Prenzlauer Berg districts, it’s clear to see that the people of Berlin like their fashion extravagant, easygoing and individual. Countless boutiques are based in these areas, often with the backroom doubling as the studio. Clothing by intriguing newcomers can be found at berlinerklamotten in the Hackesche Höfe complex. Twice a year for Berlin Fashion Week, the whole city goes fashion crazy. Calvin Klein, Vivienne Westwood and other star designers unveil their new collections, while the accompanying streetwear tradeshow Bread & Butter is a magnet for trade

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heritage such S ites of industrial r of the Ruhr’, as the ‘Eiffel Towe bridge in the Eiserner Steg ingen Frankfurt and Völkl en Ironworks have be chitectural transformed into ar modern monuments and y worlds of discover



Journeys of architectural discovery above and below ground

… changes the way we look at industrial heritage

In Germany, monuments from the old world of industrial work are now popular visitor destinations. They stand as emblems for a region’s shift from industry to culture, in which cavernous halls have become museums, sites of architectural interest and modern, themed attractions. Places associated with Germany’s industrial heritage over the past 200 years are now quick and easy to get to, and offer ample opportunity both for richly varied, full-length holidays as well as intensive weekend breaks.

For over ten years, the Route of Industrial Heritage has linked the 52 main industrial monuments in the Ruhr region. This tourist route runs for more than 400 kilometres and is the only regional project of its kind in the world. A highlight of the route is the 117metre-high gasometer in Oberhausen, which offers spectacular exhibitions inside and a fabulous 360° view of the region from its roof. At Duisburg-Nord Industrial Landscape Park, meanwhile, the gasometer by the disused ironworks has been converted into a diving centre unlike any other in Europe. On the same site, a former blast furnace serves as an obser vation tower, and the old ore bunkers have become alpine climbing gardens. In Essen, in the heart of the Ruhr, the magnificent Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Its winding tower is known as the ‘Eiffel Tower’ of the Ruhr, and now houses a visitor centre, as well as exhibition spaces for art and design. The accompanying Ruhr Museum chronicles the history of the Ruhr region in an entertaining format. At the Zollverein coking plant, the café looks out over the Canale Grande water tank at the foot of the coke oven batteries. Fascinating insights into Germany’s industrial age can also be enjoyed at the German Mining Museum in Bochum. Besides an underground visitor mine, this has a 50-metre-high winding tower that offers sensational views.

The huge Grossmarkthalle from the
1920s stands right on the banks of the River Main in Frankfurt. It is currently being incorporated into an ensemble of ultra-modern skyscrapers that will become the new headquarters for the European Central Bank. A boat tour on the Main and Rhine through the old trade and industrial estates makes for an exciting trip that’s full of surprises. Along the way are historical cranes, the Eiserner Steg bridge spanning the Main in the centre of Frankfurt, the old Opel mansions with their temporary art exhibitions, the steel Kaiserbrücke bridge across the Rhine at Mainz, and the neighbouring production halls of the former carriage factory, which are now used as an arts centre. Back on land, a great way to discover the Rhine-Main region’s exciting past is by following the Route of Industrial Heritage, which provides information on the themes of ‘energy’, ‘river ports’ and ‘automation – man and machine’. Frankfurt’s main railway station, which was built in the 19th century, is a vibrant transport hub whose five halls with their curved, steel-and-glass roofs extend a long way beyond the platforms. It’s equally busy and bustling just twelve kilometres away at Frankfurt airport, which is one of the largest in the world. Terminal 2 is a masterpiece of modern architecture with a glass roof for direct sunlight.

In Europe’s third-largest conurbation, with its 53 towns and cities and population of 5.3 million, an incredible 1,000 monuments bear witness to the heyday of heavy industry. This was the age of industrial barons such as Krupp and Thyssen, who reigned supreme through their coal and steel empires, and made the region an industrial powerhouse in Europe. Today, the collieries and steelworks – the centres of production – serve as sites of cultural preservation. The Ruhr region has undergone a phenomenal transformation from industrial heartland to a region of culture. 120 theatres and 19 universities are a vibrant expression of this metamorphosis.
As the European Capital of Culture 2010, the Ruhr presented a wealth of industrial architecture in and around Essen.

The port city of Duisburg, Oberhausen with its gasometer, the UNESCO World Heritage Zollverein mine in Essen, the festival city of Bochum and football-mad Dortmund with its big breweries all played a part in the region’s year as the European Capital of Culture.

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1 Gelsenkirchen ‘Maschinenhalle’ 2 Frankfurt Eiserner Steg 3 Oberhausen Gasometer 4 Völklingen Blower Hall
Text: Dr. Peter Christian Lang – PR pro and cultural philosopher. He discovers hidden cultural treasures and shows travelers from all over the world architectural pearls from yesterday, today and tomorrow.

© Sven Siebenmorgen | Völklinger Hütte / Franz Mörscher | HANNES ALBERT

World Heritage status in 1994. Until it closed in 1986, almost 20,000 people worked at the site on the banks of the Saar. During this time, the closed-off area between the river and the ironworks was left to grow unchecked into a wild ‘paradise of natural beauty’. Rising above these gardens are the mighty smelting works with their coal towers, blast furnaces, coke batteries and a huge water tank. The Völklingen Ironworks is one of the region's most popular tourist attractions.

from the era of coal and steel. Ascents to the summit of the Viktoria and Lydia slagheaps are rewarded with phenomenal views. There are no better places in Germany to see how sooty industrial areas can become cultural and architectural centres, modern transport hubs and post-industrial landscapes than along the Ruhr and Saar rivers and in the Rhine-Main region. Steel behemoths, former production sites and grand railway station halls stir up memories of yesteryear in a modern context. They bear witness to a fascinating past and give visitors the chance to discover all this for themselves .

In the Saarland, a captivating contrast exists between the enchanting scenery along the Saar river and the former centres of heavy industry. The region's landscape has coal and steel at its heart. The Völklingen Ironworks, founded in 1873, became the first industrial monument to gain UNESCO

Steel behemoths, industrial heritage and grand railway station halls.

Not far from the Völklingen Ironworks is the Haldenrundweg walking route. This circular trail runs for more than 45 km through the Saarkohlenwald forest in Saarbrücken, linking six disused slagheaps along the way. This former mining region has become an oasis of green, a beautiful, post-industrial landscape dotted with trees, bushes and many a ruin or relic

buildings showcase the past, present and future of one of the most important inventions ever made in Germany. Legendary marques, the great minds behind them and the homeland of the youngest ever Formula 1 world champion are just waiting to be discovered




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A thoroughly German product celebrates its 125th birthday

From mode of transport to cultural icon


1 Bertha Benz on the Benz Patent motor car 2 Nürburgring’s northern circuit 3 BMW Museum kinetic sculpture 4 Frankfurt International Motor Show

Using the new technologies available to them, the inventors of the motor car wanted to produce a vehicle that would facilitate faster travel. Yet no-one would have imagined, 125 years on, that this would be the high-tech product and even cultural icon of today. The dream on wheels, which has become reality, has captured the imagination of young and old alike for generations. This passion is reflected in the many museums opened by Germany’s prestigious car manufacturers. These exciting visitor attractions revisit technologies from the past, reflect on the present day, and offer an insight into the companies’ visions for the future. And all this in buildings of bold and progressive ambition. What unites them is their international reputation for quality ‘made in Germany’.
Futuristic glass temples and legendary cars as mobile exhibits – Carl Friedrich Benz would be proud.

The invention of the motor car is credited to Carl Friedrich Benz, who registered the first patent in 1886 for his ‘motor car number 1’. A visit to the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart is a must for all car enthusiasts. With 106

exhibits and breathtaking architecture, it promises to be an experience to remember. From the very beginnings of the car through to the latest technological developments, everything can be seen in the original. The award-winning BMW Museum building in Munich communicates the dynamism and elegance of these luxury cars. Futuristic glass temples house 25 themed areas from the 90-year history of BMW. There are 120 vehicles on display which give an insight into design, popular model ranges, motorsport and groundbreaking visions for the future. Autostadt Wolfsburg is a Volkswagen museum and theme park rolled into one.

Its CarDesign Studio allows anyone to design their own dream on wheels. Those wishing to put their driving skills to the test – in the virtual or real world – can give the challenging indoor and outdoor courses a whirl. The ZeitHaus tells the story of the motor car and features muchloved classics and current models. Another manufacturer belonging to the international elite is Audi. Visitors to the Audi ‘museum mobile’ in Ingolstadt learn all about the company's past and future through interactive and multimedia installations. The most significant models from the past 100 years are mounted on a paternoster lift that moves through the

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Text: Norbert Wolf – copywriter and artist. He delights culture fans with exciting reports about automobile museums, amusement parks, wellness and beauty hotels.

The automotive manufacturer will be opening its doors to visitors, who can see at first hand how a modern car is made.

World champions Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher will be giving it their all at the Nürburgring. Will the Formula 1 title remain in German hands?

four levels of the building. Last but by no means least is Porsche, a company that sends the hearts of many a car enthusiast racing. The Porsche Museum opened in Stuttgart in 2009. Housed within a building of bold geometric lines, the collection of over 80 cars proves that it is impossible to resist the allure of these stylish, powerful machines. Legendary cars from the Porsche 356 to motorsport rarities captivate the imagination of every visitor.

Many other museums, including the Transport Centre at the German Museum in Munich, the Automobile and Technology Museum in Sinsheim and the Technology Museum in Speyer, will be hosting exciting events to mark the 125th anniversary of the motor car. As part of ‘Automobile Summer 2011’ in Baden-Württemberg from 7 May to 10 September, there will be themed city tours, classic car rallies and a fascinating look behind the scenes of the major car manufacturers. Opel in Rüsselsheim is one of those taking part.

Frankfurt International Motor Show is the world’s leading automotive trade fair and takes place this year from 15 to 25 September 2011. German manufacturers will, of course, be presenting their latest models and visions for the future. There will be a special focus on energy-saving variants, such as the innovative hybrid and electric cars that represent the future for the German car industry. Formula 1 fans will be in their element as the German Grand Prix comes to the Nürburgring from 21 to 24 July 2011. It’s all about the smell of fuel and burning rubber, squealing tyres and pure, unadulterated motor racing action. Sebastian Vettel, the youngest Formula 1 world champion of all time, has followed in the footsteps of living legend Michael Schumacher and put Germany back in pole position.

Germany’s themed scenic routes. Whether it’s the Avenues, Alpine, Castle or Half-Timbered Houses Road, the Black Forest Panoramic Route or the Saxon Wine Route – there are surprises in store wherever you go. There are natural and unspoilt landscapes to discover, from the coast in the north to the Alps in the south, traditions and historical treasures, but also a strong sense of Germany’s modern character, expressed in its vibrant cities and futuristic architecture. In all these places you'll also find traditional inns serving classic German cuisine that tempt you to stop a while.

The world’s first motorist was a woman – Bertha Benz. In actual fact, her two sons, aged 13 and 15, also helped to steer the vehicle.

Those who would rather be behind the wheel discovering Germany for themselves have no fewer than 12,000 kilometres of autobahn, a large number of superbly maintained country roads, and a wealth of visitor attractions to discover. Keen motorists in particular will enjoy

The Bertha Benz Memorial Route to and from Pforzheim is steeped in history and will be officially opened during the Automobile Summer 2011. The courageous wife of inventor Carl Benz became a legend on account of her daring expedition from Mannheim to Pforzheim in the car built by her husband. This was the world's first motorised overland journey. The pharmacy along the 194 km route, which takes in the picturesque scenery of Baden, the Odenwald forest and the Kraichgau hills, served at the time as the world's first filling station when a stop was made to replenish fuel. There are many stories surrounding this historic journey. For example, Bertha Benz is said to have repaired a blocked fuel line with a hat pin and the broken ignition with a garter. The Bertha Benz Challenge on 10 and 11 September 2011 will bring this journey to life in spectacular fashion under the banner of ‘sustainable mobility on the oldest motoring route in the world’ .



create the zeitgeist and have
They are hubs of art and

their finger on the pulse.

culture, centres of vibrant life, places of major architectural history, and innovative outlooks.

Steeped in history, achingly modern or a combination of the two: it is often the exciting-urbane mixture which constitutes the allure of German cities. History can be experienced in a wonderful manner and modernity can be discovered at the same time. Germany’s cities always stand out because each has a charm of its own.

Take buzzing Berlin, for example. More than 20 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Germany’s capital is celebrating its return to form as a world city and is undergoing dramatic changes wherever you look. Then there is Hamburg, the free Hanseatic city on the Elbe river, whose port won it fame as Germany’s ‘gateway to the world’. Munich, meanwhile, with its many traditions attracts millions of tourists every year – and not just for the Oktoberfest. Cologne is renowned for its cathedral, carnival and carefree Rhenish exuberance, while Frankfurt conceals medieval lanes beneath its skyscraper skyline. Dresden, the Florence on the Elbe, takes a bow for its baroque splendour. The list goes on and on. And once you’ve ticked off the must-see landmarks, you can stroll along splendid tree-lined avenues, shop for the latest fashions in temples of luxury, admire art in prestigious museums or hear works by German and international musicians at captivating concerts. Even smaller towns have their share of these attractions. Against a backdrop of timber-framed buildings or futuristic modern architecture, cafés and restaurants serve classic German fare and tempt passers-by to

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stay a while and watch the world go by on the busy shopping streets. Hidden down sleepy side streets are boutiques, bijou galleries and specialist stores that stock quality German products. The hip-and-happening folk come to life in the evening. Exciting new restaurants, clubs and bars – often in the most unexpected places – have developed their very own style and reflect the new zeitgeist that’s sweeping the country.

Creative hubs with a historical basis and an alternative edge. A veritable production line for the next big thing.

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Oriental Garden

Jewels of international horticulture in Germany's capital
At the fabulous Gardens of the World in Berlin, visitors can go on a unique tour of discovery. Its Garden of the Regained Moon, for example, is the biggest Chinese garden in Europe. Also popular are the Japanese, Korean and Balinese gardens. The Oriental Garden, meanwhile, focuses on Islamic horticultural traditions. Behind its high walls lies an incomparable splendour of flowers and Arabic architecture.

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Germany’s all-night capital.

It is known

that Berliners like to party – a lot. Germany’s party capital turns night into day – and vice versa.

Chinese Garden

2008 saw the opening of the seventh and eighth themed gardens – the Karl Foerster Herbaceous Garden and the Italian Renaissance Garden. The latter mimics one of the earliest European trends for architecturally landscaped gardens. New in 2011: The Christian Garden Opening times: daily from 9am

For late-night party animals, this world city offers over 200 clubs and many more pubs and bars. New hotspots open every week, while others close for a makeover. Berlin is always in flux, and party hosts are constantly trying new ideas. The current trends are nostalgic parties in swinging 20s style and outand-out celebrations of kitsch, for instance the hits disco at the maritime Hafenbar in Mitte district. Berliners are not shy or stand-offish, so subculture and high culture rub along comfortably together. Several times a month there’s even dancing beneath the chandeliers in many famous theatres, such as the Schaubühne and the Roter Salon or Grüner Salon at the Volksbühne. Berlin’s legendary nightlife is quirky, fun and more liberal than that of any other city in the world, and every weekend thousands of visitors come just to party. There’s no closing time, so most clubs stay open till early in the morning. Unless it’s a continuation of the night before, the clubbing starts late – and things never really get going before 1am. Before that, revellers head for the popular pub and bar districts. One popular starting point is the Hackesche Höfe complex in trendy Mitte, a listed set of buildings with eight interconnecting courtyards

buzzing with countless cafés, bars and restaurants – perfect for party people. For those who prefer to sip cocktails with views of the water, there are lots of city beaches, bars and clubs on the banks of the Spree and along the canals, for instance the Strandbar in Mitte, the Ankerklause in Neukölln or the Watergate electro club in Kreuzberg. Mitte is the chicest district but Schöneberg, Prenzlauer Berg, Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain are goingout destinations as well. The Kulturbrauerei in alternative Prenzlauer Berg offers a mix of parties, shows and concerts, while the legendary SO 36 club in Kreuzberg honours punk. Friedrichshain, especially around Boxhagener Platz, is fast becoming an inplace for young, creative people. And Berlin is still the techno capital – Berghain and Tresor are two of the best techno clubs in the world.

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Liquidrom: – thermal bathing with music: DJ evenings and live concerts of electronic music, jazz or classical sounds in the elegant domed hall.

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Home from home and fit for a film star.

The Hollywood Media Hotel on the Kurfürstendamm in Berlin is a hommage to film, world-famous movie stars and big-screen legends. This privately run, four-star establishment with its personal service and friendly atmosphere is a popular choice both for business travellers and city break tourists.

This unique themed hotel is ideally situated for exploring Germany’s vibrant capital. Not only is the Kurfürstendamm – Berlin’s iconic shopping street – right on your doorstep, but you are within easy reach of the zoo, the famous memorial church, and just minutes from Potsdamer Platz. There’s simply no getting away from the theme of Hollywood and the big screen. Strolling around the hotel is like taking a walk through movie history, with its shrines devoted to classic films. Actual sets, movie stills and framed posters from the collections of Berlin-based producer and owner of the hotel, Artur Brauner, complete the cinematic picture. Each of the 182 rooms and apartments is named after a famous actor or actress. Whether you admire the classic elegance of a diva such as Marlene Dietrich or the rebellious charms of a James Dean, you can look forward to star treatment during your stay. From the moment you walk through the door, you play the lead role and enjoy the luxuries that A-list celebrities take for granted. To start the day in style, hotel guests enjoy a lavish champagne breakfast in

the Bel Air restaurant. For conference guests and groups, the restaurant also serves lunch and dinner. Film screenings as well as presentations and press conferences can be held in the hotel’s private cinema (Neue Lupe). The name to remember if you want to banish your everyday cares is Cleopatra. In an elegant spa suite themed on ancient Egypt, you can enjoy a pampering fit for the Queen of the Nile herself. But that’s not all. You can also enjoy a workout using state-of-theart cardio fitness equipment, relax afterwards in the steamroom and Finnish sauna, then rinse off under the realistic rain effects of a spa shower. Callas, the hotel bar, is furnished throughout in the style of 1960s America and makes a great place to enjoy a cocktail while watching the hustle and bustle of the Kurfürstendamm. The new Italian Restaurant Capone serves great food as well, and will happily provide room service. Rest and relaxation, luxury and glamour, celebrities and idols. Experience all this and more in Berlin’s Hollywood Media Hotel, where you become one of a universe of stars.


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Berlin Alexanderplatz

Modern street art

melting pot.

A buzzing city of contradictions and Germany’s

Everything that makes Berlin the most exciting capital in Europe can be

found in Kreuzberg, a district of contrasts.
Kreuzberg, the home of Berlin’s alternative scene, encapsulates the spirit of the city. It positively crackles with creative energy and has a cool, cosmopolitan vibe spawned by the artists and bohemians who live there. Everywhere seems to be in a constant state of flux, most notably Chamissoplatz square. There is so much going on among the antique shops and emporiums, the cafés and the clubs. An inspiring mix that continues along Bergmannstrasse, a popular Berlin street for browsing, rummaging and shopping at leisure. The wide choice of culture and entertainment is also reflected in Kreuzberg’s cuisine, which ranges from classic Indian curries to the city’s signature snack – a bratwurst with curry sauce. The HAU (short for Hebbel am Ufer) is the most off-beat theatre in the city. Its three venues provide an exciting arena of experimentation for up-andcoming performers. The Tempodrom stages concerts and variety shows that more than do justice to its quirky exterior. A hot new tip in the cultural scene is the Berlinische Galerie – the city’s most recently established showcase for aesthetic experimentation. Featured artists range from Otto Dix to contemporary exponents of the avant garde. Cosmopolitan City full of History – Berlin is different, a true world city. As soon as visitors see the view from the top of the new Reichstag building,

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they are amazed by the juxtaposition of historical buildings with the bold imaginings of contemporary architects. Potsdamer Platz, the new embassy quarter and the haunting Holocaust memorial are just some of the latest additions to the cityscape. By contrast, the Nikolaiviertel quarter is a vibrant piece of old Berlin. Other unique attractions include Gedächtniskirche memorial church, vibrant Alexanderplatz and Gendarmenmarkt, one of Europe’s finest squares. Berlin’s wealth of cultural attractions is world class. Berlin Museum Island with its numerous fascinating cultural sites is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Berliners’ sense of humour can be experienced at many cabaret venues.

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Coffee and shopping in

Leipzig Pubs and bars around ‘ Barfussgässchen’

Saxony’s unofficial capital.

“Coffee to go” is a ubiquitous feature of modern life, but Leipzig offers a much more civilised coffee drinking experience. At Germany’s oldest coffee house “Zum Arabischen Coffe Baum” in Kleine Fleischergasse visitors can savour a cup of coffee – in local parlance a Schälchen Heessen – in a blissful, unhurried atmosphere, as the great and the good have been doing since 1711. This café’s illustrious patrons included Augustus the Strong, Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, the great poets Goethe and Lessing, and the composers Bach, Wagner, Schumann and Liszt, all of whom lingered over an aromatic beverage in a little porcelain cup, set the world to rights and imagined themselves in seventh heaven. Today the coffee is still exquisite and the cosy atmosphere still intact. In the old days, the light Leipzig cake known as Kleckselkuchen was probably not on the menu but the calorific gateaux favoured by the crème de la crème of society certainly were. Presentday coffee lovers can also discover Saxony’s 300-year coffee culture in a 16-room exhibition at the café. Leipzig’s Mädlerpassage arcade, a beautiful illustration of art nouveau, offers shopping in a tasteful, rarefied setting that would have appealed to our great-grandparents. Although the products are new, the architecture is a historical gem. This same style is replicated in Königspassage, Messehofpassage and Specks Hof nearby. For upbeat tastes, there are also plenty of young, creative boutiques such as Tschau Tschüssi in Windmühlenstrasse.

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Music festivals in

palaces and on the river.

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Dresden is the go-to city when it comes to staging festivals. Music was and continues to be the backbone of the events calendar: the Semper Opera House offers a year-round programme and the Dresden Music Festival is the summer highlight (18 May – 5 June) with guest performances by distinguished soloists and orchestras including the legendary Bolshoi Theatre. The venues are a pleasure in themselves: the new atrium at the grand old Albertinum museum, the Church of Our Lady, Pillnitz Palace, Wackerbarth Stately Home and VW’s high-tech “transparent factory”. Music of a different sort altogether can be enjoyed at the 41st International Dixieland Festival (17 – 22 May) at various venues around the city. The avant-garde comes to the fore at the TonLagen festival (30 September – 15 October), a contemporary music panorama that transcends genres and styles. Visitors can expect more of a traditional fair atmosphere at the Elbhang festival (24–26 June) when a 7km “festival mile” links five communities along the Elbe – bringing the party spirit to squares, parks, villas and most especially the picturesque hills above the river. In November the city becomes a magnet for international jazz musicians. From 26 June to 17 July the spotlight moves to football: as part of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™, Dresden is hosting three first-round games and one quarter final. Another highlight is the Pillnitz Palace Night on 6 August: the illuminated summer residence of Augustus the Strong create a majestic backdrop.

Dresden City Festival Semper Opera House

Sanssouci Palace

Potsdam Brandenburg Gate


Strolling through the gardens of Prussia’s Arcadia.

Visitors to Potsdam can explore no fewer than 12 royal palaces on a leisurely stroll around the city. This wealth of man-made splendour was created by famous architects such as Knobelsdorff, Schinkel and Persius, together with distinguished landscape gardeners including Lenné, Eyserbeck and Prince Pückler.


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Potsdam Sanssouci Music Festival 11 to 26 June 2011 The music and splendour of Saxony’s royal residence of DRESDEN spanning more than five centuries comes to Potsdam in the 2011 music festival – including typical Saxon joie de vivre. Experience Night Festival Potsdam’s baroque city centre, 30 July 2011 The Potsdam Experience Night features a latenight programme of live music, food and drink and shops that open till midnight.

Grand baroque houses are a hallmark of the city centre, which is dominated by the towering presence of St. Nicholas’ Church. Neuer Markt square has one of the best-preserved baroque ensembles in Europe. The historical royal stables between Alter Markt and Neuer Markt square are home to Germany’s oldest film museum. Potsdam is a fitting location for this museum, as the famous Babelsberg film studios were founded here almost 100 years ago. Stars such as Marlene Dietrich, Heinz Rühmann and Hans Albers all appeared before the camera there.

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In 1990, whole areas of Potsdam became a UNESCO World Heritage site, including the royal palaces, the three historical parks of Sanssouci, Neuer Garten and Babelsberg, and the Russian colony Alexandrowka. Many of these palaces, parks and gardens also serve as spectacular venues for concerts, theatre and events such as the 2011 Potsdam Sanssouci Music Festival in June with its theme of “Saxony’s Splendour and Prussia’s Glory”. Every August more than 30,000 people attend the Potsdam Palaces Night to enjoy a fairytale programme amid festive illuminations in Sanssouci Park.

In 2011, Potsdam will celebrate this fact with a theme year featuring numerous highlights. A stroll through the Dutch quarter with its many cafés and independent shops is highly recommended. No other place in Germany has wooden houses like those in the Russian village of Alexandrowka. A particularly pleasant way of exploring Potsdam’s attractions is the Potsdam Sanssouci Tour, while the riverboats on the Havel show the city from a different perspective.

Filmpark Babelsberg Entrance

Marlene in stage props


“Potsdam 2011 – City of Film”.

The foundation for the Babelsberg Film Studios was laid on 3 November 1911. Names such as Fritz Lang or Marlene Dietrich stand for the great past, Kate Winslet and Quentin Tarantino for the present studios. As the City of Film, Potsdam will be celebrating 2011 with a large-scale programme of events.

Babelsberg has been writing film history since 1912. “Film” will be extensively celebrated in Potsdam on the eve of the 100-year anniversary in 2011. For instance, twelve alternating “Film Locations of the Month” will be the focal point of attention and may be attended and discovered. Furthermore, on 14 May the Film Park will team up with German Film Orchestra Babelsberg and the shipping company Weisse Flotte Potsdam to feature the thematic genre of espionage films during the suspenseful “Night of Secret Agents” on the Glienicker Bridge. The production will be staged on land, water and in the air. “Other events” such as silent film live concerts, the Potsdam Film Experience Night on 30 July or a 4D hybrid cinema experiment are also on the agenda.
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people – in front of and behind the camera! A new permanent exhibition on the history of the film city Babelsberg will be inaugurated on 3 November to commemorate the anniversary of laying the studios’ foundation. Cottbus is located about 120 kilometres southeast of Berlin and Potsdam near the Polish border. The “Cottbus Film Festival” has been held yearly in November since 1991. In the meantime it is regarded worldwide as the most important festival of Eastern European films where filmmakers, producers and actors from Eastern and Central Europe meet.

Babelsberg – Facets of a Film City An exciting time journey through almost 100 years of film history: shooting locations, stars and starlets (can also be booked in foreign languages for groups). Sehsüchte – the largest international student film festival in Europe at the “Thalia Arthouse Kinos Potsdam” (2 - 8 May 2011): Workshops, panel discussions, screenplay lounge and many films.

As a theme park, the “Babelsberg Film Park” is a showcase and stage of the media city Potsdam: stuntmen, pyrotechnicians and film trainers will demonstrate their ability in exciting shows. A “Tour through the Media City” which provides an optimal overview of the history, presence and future of film and television production sites is recommended for movie buffs. Germany’s oldest “film museum” is located directly in downtown Potsdam and conclusively reports on prominent and nearly forgotten


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Amazing experiences in Niedersachsen.
Braunschweig, Celle, Göttingen, Goslar, Hamelin, Hannover, Hildesheim, Lüneburg and Wolfenbüttel – nine historical towns and cities in Niedersachsen where the past comes to life. There’s so much for visitors to discover, from UNESCO World Heritage sites, a wealth of half-timbered medieval buildings, pretty market squares and magnificent merchants’ houses all the way to parks, gardens and grand palaces. In the summer season, old traditions are brought to life at events such as the Pied Piper openair plays in Hamelin, the Walpurgis Night celebrations in Goslar and the stunning baroque fireworks in Hannover’s Herrenhausen Gardens. Explore the history of the Guelph dynasty in Braunschweig, Celle, Hannover and Wolfenbüttel, marvel at the proud merchants’ houses in the Hanseatic town of Lüneburg, discover the World Heritage sites of Goslar and Hildesheim or take a stroll through the old university town of Göttingen. At Christmas time, you can soak up the festive atmosphere in traditional surroundings while browsing through the delightful stalls. Each of the Christmas markets is an unmissable experience presented against a historical backdrop. Among the picturesque timberframed buildings, Gothic brick gables and splendid baroque exteriors the aroma of ‘Glühwein’ and ginger bread is an ever-present temptation.

Hameln Osterstrasse at sunset

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Pay a visit to Autostadt Wolfsburg, VW’s automotive exhibition complex, to explore technology and innovation, the future of mobility and the history of the motor car.

Sightseeing made easy.
One of the first things that will grab your attention in Hannover city centre is the “red thread” that is painted on the pavement. This barrier-free route runs for 4.2 kilometres and links 36 landmarks and visitor attractions. The “red thread” helps you to find your bearings and paves the way for a sightseeing tour of your own creation. It’s entirely up to you where you stop, what to do when you get there and how long you stay. An accompanying brochure helps you get more out of the route and tells you everything you need to know – and some things you don’t – about all the attractions.

Hannover City hall
One of the first stops is the magnificent neo-classical opera house on Georgestrasse, Hannover’s premier boulevard. Other Hannover highlights include the market church, the Anzeiger building and the Town Hall, most southerly examples of North German brick Gothic architecture. The town hall dome is a magnificent edifice dating from the period of Kaiser Wilhelm and offers sensational views across the entire city. Interestingly, the elevator that takes you there changes its angle to follow the contour of the dome and actually tilts during the ride. One place that the “red thread” won’t take you in Hannover is Herrenhausen Gardens. On a 135 hectare plot, the Hannover electors and kings created the Great Garden (Grosser Garten), the Berggarten, Georgengarten and the Guelph Garden (Welfengarten). Each of the three gardens is a baroque gem and the ensemble as a whole is one of the finest places in Europe to discover the splendour of this period.

Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen

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on the Elbe.

The green city

Hamburg Planten un Blomen

From 2011 Hamburg may be called “Europe’s greenest city”, after fending off competition from 34 other cities and gaining recognition from the European Commission for its commitment to improve the quality of life for its citizens. This was not achieved without pioneering work on environmental issues including action to limit air pollution and CO² emissions. Hamburg’s declared target is a 40 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 and an 80 per cent reduction by 2050. At the same time Hamburg city centre is set to grow – so the city is setting itself an enormous challenge. New energy-saving technologies, which are being implemented at the HafenCity, currently the world’s biggest building site, are important contributors to the city’s ecological growth. Hamburg also enjoys a reputation as a ‘garden city’ counting “more trees than people”. Almost half of the metropolitan area consists of beautifully laid-out parks and green spaces that give the city its airy feel and provide a variety of leisure and recreational activities for visitors and locals alike. There are many ways of exploring this city that is also known as the “gateway to the world” as millions of emigrants parted their homeland in search of better lives in the United States of America: a visit to Planten un Blomen Park, Hamburg’s highly regarded botanical garden, or a walk – with a remarkable 900 kilometres of footpaths to choose from. The Speicherstadt warehouse district is the world’s largest former warehouse complex – and last but not least there is the Reeperbahn, the renowned “red light district”.

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Aachen The illuminated cathedral

Thermal springs and royal heritage

where Germany meets Belgium and the Netherlands.
Aachen – renowned for its equestrian events, healing waters and printen gingerbread – originally rose to fame because of Charlemagne. Situated in the heart of Europe, on the border with the Netherlands and Belgium, the city and its people are cosmopolitan to say the least. Annual events such as the award ceremony for the International Charlemagne Prize, the CHIO International Equestrian Tournament and the European Craft Fair exemplify the city’s European outlook. More than 40.000 students attend Aachen’s institutes of higher education, adding a youthful edge to the city. The elite RWTH Aachen University enjoys the greatest prominence. Aachen Cathedral with its famous shrine to Charlemagne, the Gothic town hall and the old quarter bear witness to the city’s glittering past. There are also museums in abundance, as well as outstanding spas and thermal baths. The Carolus Thermen, in parti-cular, has breathed new life into this famous local tradition. Every year during the festive season, the squares and streets around the town hall are transformed into a fairytale world of seasonal lights, festive sounds, and seductive smells for the Christmas market – one of the prettiest in all of Germany.

Exhibitions in 2011: “Joos van Cleve – Leonardo of the north” in the Suermondt Ludwig Museum, 17/03/ - 26/06 “Hyper Real – Art and America around 1970” in the Ludwig Forum for International Art, 13/03/ - 19/06

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Cologne Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum

Bonn Villa Hammerschmidt

Cologne Cathedral and Romano-Germanic Museum

duo on the Rhine.

in lively cafés and traditional inns, sipping a glass of kölsch beer and soaking up the friendly local atmosphere. From there it’s a stone’s throw to Cologne’s exquisite museums: the Wallraf Richartz Museum and the Ludwig Museum with its splendid collections of paintings. No less exciting are the many other museums such as the Chocolate Museum, the Toy Museum, the Carnival Museum and the Fragrance Museum in Farina House – the birthplace of Eau de Cologne. The trip upstream from Cologne to Bonn can be enjoyed on a riverboat excursion. Bonn was once the German capital and is where the genius Ludwig van Beethoven was born. Like Cologne, it dates back to the Romans and is one of Germany’s oldest cities. Visitors to Bonn can admire the architecture of the late-classical Villa Hammerschmidt, Schaumburg Palace, the former parliament and the former chancellery. One particularly beautiful building in Bonn is the old town hall, which was built in rococo style in 1737 and has welcomed rulers and statesmen from around the world. Bonn also offers a variety of distinguished museums such as the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany, the House of History, the Bonn Museum of Art and the Beethoven House.

Cologne and Bonn are similar in many

ways. Both are set on the Rhine, share a Roman heritage, have provided the world with the famous Eau de Cologne, a magnificent cathedral, a huge carnival and the great Beethoven.

Until June 2011 visitors can experience the Cologne/Bonn region as part of the Rhineland World Exhibition. Exciting excursions, tours, exhibitions and cultural events can be enjoyed in countless locations, some offering glimpses behind closed doors.

Cologne on the Rhine is home to many of Germany’s greatest artistic and cultural treasures. The skyline is dominated by the 157-metre spires of Cologne Cathedral, a masterpiece of High Gothic architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage site. This makes an excellent starting point for a journey of discovery into Cologne’s 2,000-year history. The city’s earliest remains can be viewed at the RomanoGermanic Museum directly to the south of the cathedral. Other impressive reminders of this era are the remnants of the Praetorium governor’s residence and the ancient city walls, which have been extensively preserved. Around 800 years ago Cologne acquired a ring of twelve Romanesque churches, one of which is Great St. Martin’s Church with its distinctive four-turreted tower. St. Martin’s quarter, between the Rhine and Alter Markt, is the heart of the old town. Here – surrounded by pointed gables and picturesque façades – visitors can relax

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Benrath Palace
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Düsseldorf Media Harbour

upcoming trends.
Düsseldorf is a city of many and varied faces that lies where the Lower Rhine meets the Bergisches Land region. It appears at its most elegant along the Königsallee shopping street, which is lined from top to bottom with high-end boutiques and galleries. Further south we find the young and creative side to Düsseldorf in the Media Harbour, whose main feature is the trio of office towers designed by world-class architect Frank Gehry. The architecture is no less impressive in the rest of the district, in which hip restaurants share the space with a host of top advertising agencies. Media and music, art and architecture, fashion and a flourishing alternative scene all combine to generate a real buzz in

A city for fashion, fun and

The longest bar in the world: 260 places to enjoy a drink.
Düsseldorf, which has earned the city its new reputation as a capital of creativity. The Art Academy and the vibrant gallery scene go some way to explaining this, but most of the credit is due to the openness and vitality of the people who live there. This lust for life is best experienced in the old quarter, where there are more than 260 places to enjoy a drink. It's affectionately known as the longest bar in the world and comes highly recommended for trying the traditional altbier in the company of friendly locals. With its quaint passageways, old churches, traditional brewpubs, bars, restaurants and avant-garde stores it is an absolute must for any visitor.

„Axis of art“ All of Düsseldorf’s leading art institutions are lined up on a stretch just 800 metres long: Art Museum, Art Palace, Art Academy, Kunsthalle art gallery and art association and the North-Rhine Westphalia Art Gallery.

FRANKFURT City of money,
museums and trade fairs.
Frankfurt is famous for its financial institutions, international airport and trade fairs, and looks more like an American city than any other place in Germany thanks to its 30 skyscrapers. In terms of architecture, Frankfurt is in a state of almost constant change. The trade fair tower, Westhafen Tower and the spectacular MyZeil centre – a temple to highend shopping – are emblematic of a flourishing, ambitious city. Still under construction but a landmark in the making is the new building for the European Central Bank, which incorporates the city's historical wholesale market hall. The observation platform of the Main Tower offers breathtaking views of all this and more at a height of 200 metres. Frankfurt can boast an unrivalled number of museums. There are 60 in total, including 13 alone along the southern bank of the Main – the famous museum embankment. Housed in a series of historical and modern buildings are highlights such as the Städel Institute of Art with its paintings from the Middle Ages to the modern age, the Liebighaus with its sculptures from antiquity to neo-classicism, the German Film Museum and the German Architecture Museum. Waiting on the other side of the river are the Museum for Modern Art, the Schirn gallery and Senckenberg Natural History Museum. Frankfurt ranks number three in the world for trade fairs. The big two for exhibitors, industry professionals and the general public are the International Motor Show, which is held every two years in September, and the annual Book Fair in October.

Frankfurt Main Festival with skyline Alte Oper concert hall

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Munich BMW World and Olympic Tower


Culture between beer gardens and art,
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football and architectural masterpieces.
The sights and symbols that define Munich, the state capital of Bavaria, range from BMW to the baroque, Oktoberfest to opera, lederhosen to laptops and the P1 nightclub to the Pinakothek der Moderne gallery. They complement rather than compete with each other and represent opposite ends of a spectrum that make the city come to life. The atmosphere is unbeatable in summer, when it seems as if all of Munich decamps to the pavement cafés and beer gardens. At times it feels like being in Italy. The Pinakothek’s monumental glass dome, for example, is a modern masterpiece inspired by Filippo Brunelleschi's cathedral in Florence. King Ludwig I of Bavaria, an ardent admirer of Italy, made the city what it is today: a centre of art that was the envy of Europe. This reputation still holds true today, but now finds its expression at chic gallery events and concerts featuring a new wave of traditional German musicians. As everyone from Munich knows, soaking up the culture doesn’t mean you can’t have fun as well! You don’t have to be a football fan to enjoy the Allianz Arena.

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Baden-Baden Caracalla Therme

City view

paradise as well as a cultural metropolis.

Elegant World Spa Resort in the Black

Beautifully located in the sun drenched southwest corner of Germany at the foothills of

the Black Forest, Baden-Baden is a world famous and elegant thermal spa resort, a real wellness

Today Baden-Baden is the perfect mix of Belle Époque ambiance and innovative 21st century medical wellness. Its famous healing thermal water, flowing from 12 springs, is not only used for welltried therapies but also for modern and innovative treatments. The up to 68° degrees hot and healthful water pampers guests from all over the world in the two thermal baths – the modern Caracalla Spa and the historic Roman-Irish “Friedrichsbad”. Furthermore many spa-hotels are particularly conducive to relaxation and offer individual health and wellness treatments. Baden-Baden’s “Festspielhaus”, Europe’s second largest opera and concert hall, offers cultural experiences all-season long with top-class performances and international stars such as AnneSophie Mutter, Lang-Lang, Hélène Grimaud etc. The Museum Frieder Burda is the outstanding jewel in the 3 km long splendiferous parks and garden “Lichtentaler Allee”. Not only unique is its fascinating architecture but the private collection disposes moreover of many magic moments of art with selected masterpieces of Classical Modernism. During the whole year, Baden-Baden is setting for outstanding and sophisticated events: the

International Horse Race weeks three times a year, the International Vintage Car Meeting mid of July, outstanding open-air concerts at the parks and gardens “Lichtentaler Allee” as well as world-famous gala balls and concerts at the Kurhaus. Besides well-known starred restaurants, cosy little taverns with local colour and fine Baden cuisine, bistros and countless street cafés in the centre, there is also Baden-Baden’s “Rebland”, one of the most popular Riesling growing districts in Germany and an insider tip for the gourmet and connoisseur of good wines. Germany’s oldest and according to Marlene Dietrich “the most beautiful casino in the world” rounds off a perfect day in a playful manner and entices guests from all over the world to try their luck at the roulette table.


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Solmsstrasse 1 DE-76530 Baden-Baden Phone +49 (0)7221 27 52 00 Fax +49 (0)7221 27 52 02 [email protected]

International Horse Races Spring Meeting: 28/05/ - 05/06/2011 Great Festival Week: 27/08/ - 04/09/2011 Sales & Racing Festival: 08 - 09/10/2011



A holiday in the heart of Europe, between the North Sea and Baltic coasts in northern Germany and the Alps in the south, promises to be one to remember. Both in summer and winter there are endless options for getting out and about, and for rest and relaxation. Romantic breaks for two, activity-based family holidays or fun-filled group trips. Thanks to its magnificent natural scenery and superb infrastructure Germany is a sure-fire bet for a wonderful holiday.

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People who love the water and the beach – and who won’t shy away from a stiff sea breeze – should head for the coasts with their mudflat conservation areas. An abundance of hill ranges, criss-crossed by scenic walking trails and cycle routes, are ideal for variety-filled holidays in the country. Many of these upland destinations offer winter sports and climbing, as do the German Alps, of course. No matter what the purpose of the holiday, there is a region in Germany to suit – spa resorts offer relaxation and wellness, adventure and active pursuits are available on land and water, and unspoilt nature equals leisurely fun. In addition, cultural tours of discovery reveal Germany’s fascinating history.

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Fun, thrills and stunning scenery. Holidays in Germany are as diverse as the country itself.
From rest and relaxation

to action and adventure – from the coast to the Alps.

Germany’s holiday regions Relaxing and swimming, on the coast and by the sea, lounging in the sun, listening to the wind or scaling mountain peaks.

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Side trip Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam was built by the Prussian King Frederick II and is one of the most famous royal residences in the world. Sanssouci Park and its palaces were designated a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site in 1990.

Travel by houseboat through north-east Germany.

The picturesque waterways in Mecklenburg-Brandenburg lakeland region offer unforgettable holidays.

An intricate network of waterways and canals was built in the 17th century and links more than a thousand lakes of all shapes and sizes in the northeast of Germany. Today, crews of boating and water sports enthusiasts enjoy gliding through the beautiful countryside along these former transport arteries. You do not require a licence to take the helm of a houseboat and guide it through the lakes and canals of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Brandenburg on a journey of discovery with friends and family or on a romantic journey for two. There are many different houseboat tours to choose from, and they can be selected to suit different group sizes

and holiday preferences. The famous novelist and poet Theodor Fontane was passionate about the beauty of the Brandenburg countryside. You can follow the same routes as he once did along water ways from Berlin to Köpenick and then on to the sophisticated spa resort of Bad Saarow or to the peaceful town Teupitz. Time seems to stand still in these small towns and picturesque villages set in striking natural landscapes. Entering Berlin by boat and exploring Germany’s bustling capital from the water is a unique experience. But anyone looking for a calm and relaxing holiday away from the city’s hustle and bustle will find peace and tranquillity on

Six KUHNLE-TOURS Charter bases in some of the prettiest parts of Germany: • Hafendorf Müritz (Mecklenburg Lakes) • Zeuthen (Berlin, Dahme Waterway) • Brandenburg-Plaue (Lower Havel Waterway) • Schwerin (Lake Schwerin, Müritz-Elde Waterway) • Stralsund (Rügen and Bodden) • Sierck-les-Bains (Southern-Wine-Mosel)

Boating holidays
KUHNLE-TOURS offers houseboat holidays in one of Germany‘s prettiest regions. Many oneways are offered, with or without boating licence. No experience is neccessary to drive one of our boats which can cater for between 2 and 12 people.
Brochures: KUHNLE-TOURS, Hafendorf Müritz, 17248 Rechlin, Germany, Phone 00 49 (0)3 98 23 - 2 66-0, Fax 00 49 (0)3 98 23 - 2 66-10, [email protected]

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the nearby inland waters of the Havel and the Spree in northern Brandenburg. Potsdam is the starting point for tours through Havelland’s river scenery, passing Albert Einstein’s summer house at Caputh, the romantic little island resort of Werder and the famous waterside town of Brandenburg before reaching the mouth of the Havel at Havelberg. Marvellous views, modern marinas and numerous attractions offer a fun holiday on land and water for everybody. The Mecklenburg Lakes form one of the largest unbroken lakeland regions in central Europe and are among the most scenic attractions in Germany. Müritz national park occupies a large part of the region, and at its heart is Lake Müritz, the largest lake entirely within Germany’s borders. The Müritz national park is a unique landscape of reeds and marshes, a nature conservation area where rare birds, such as cranes, ospreys and sea eagles, can be watched. A network of deep channel lakes, shallow circular lakes and short side canals have created a paradise for water sports unrivalled anywhere else in Europe. The navigable routes on the rivers and lakes lead through idyllic conservation areas and past diverse riverbank scenes where sleepy villages and fascinating towns will tempt you ashore. There is always something new to discover along 400 kilometres of cycle tracks

and walking trails or at one of the many romantic little swimming areas. A lot of visitors come just for the amazing variety of flora and wildlife and the perfectly clean waters. The excellent waterway network makes this the ideal destination for a varied boating holiday that will appeal to nature lovers, water sports enthusiasts and those seeking pure relaxation.

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Discover its variety
Germany's no. 1 region for water: over 1,900 km of coastline, 2,000 lakes and crystal-clear rivers for swimming, sailing, windsurfing or canoeing. A paradise for walkers and cyclists: clearly marked routes link the coast with the forest, the seaside villas with the Gothic brick churches. Pure bliss: Get a sense of freedom from the endless picturesque landscapes, take deep lungfuls of the healthy air, bask in the sun or visit exclusive spas.

Brochures, information & bookings: Tourismusverband Mecklenburg-Vorpommern e.V. · Platz der Freundschaft 1 DE-18059 Rostock · +49 (0) 381 40 30 500 · [email protected]

Wolfsburg phæno Science Center

Active through culture and countryside


Actively experience nature — a holiday
The second-largest federal state in the northwest

destination with many natural landscapes!

of Germany surprises with its scenically diverse regions and is almost inevitably a veritable paradise for all holidaymakers who look forward to experiencing activities and nature.

The variety of nature, culture and people particularly characterise the special charm of the holiday destination in the north. Attractive holiday regions which enable many experiences especially for those who look forward to a holiday featuring activities and nature range from the East Frisian Islands and the Wadden Sea World Heritage Site to the peaks of the Harz Mountains. Bicycling is among the most popular recreational activities in Niedersachsen. Families with children as well as ambitious bicyclers can enjoy Niedersachsen’s scenic variety at their own pace during a holiday on two wheels. Numerous long-distance cycling routes and regional cycling routes traverse the countryside, such as the approximately 500 kilometres long Weser Cycle Route. Impressive castles and picturesque towns line the route along the banks of the Weser River between the cities Hann. Münden in the south and Bremen in the north. Portions of the route can also be alternately covered by ship. On the other hand, whoever likes it faster will get their full money’s worth on approximately 1,800 kilometres of contiguous mountain bike routes in the Harz and Weserbergland. In addition to bicycling, a holiday in Niedersachsen can also be combined with other


TourismusMarketing Niedersachsen GmbH
Essener Str. 1 DE-30173 Hannover Phone +49 (0)511 27 04 88 0 Fax +49 (0)511 27 04 88 88 [email protected]

Osnabrück – City of Peace in the nature park: The greenery extends into the city, the routes are short, and life is exuberant and colourful. At the market square people meet for the first coffee in the sun, weddings, music festivals, wine markets and Christmas markets. Treat yourself to a brief stop in Osnabrück, the City of Peace. Travel offers are available at or

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sports: canoe tours on the numerous rivers, sailing along the coast or on the state’s inland lakes, golfing at over 80 golf courses, hiking and skiing in the Harz region – no limits are set on the active holiday programme. Combine your active holiday with a visit to cities in Niedersachsen such as Osnabrück or Wolfsburg. Germany’s unique experimental landscape – “phæno” – is located in Wolfsburg and allows visitors to immerse themselves in the fascinating and exciting world of natural science and technology. The 350 interactive exhibits which invite visitors to try things out and investigate are the focal point.

Exclusive insights into a 300-year success story.
The MEISSEN® World of Experience House, which allows visitors to experience the art of Meissen Porcelain, is located not far from Dresden and directly adjacent to the company’s porcelain manufactory. The demonstration workshops invite visitors to experience the creation of famous Meissen Porcelain up close: How is a cup created? How many individual parts does a figurine consist of, and how do the blue swords come under the glaze? The tour through the demonstration workshops provides an answer. The Museum of MEISSEN® Art entices its guests to take a journey through 300 years of porcelain history. Arranged in chronological order, numerous figurines from the historical inventory of the collection illustrate the development of various epochs. The exhibition “All Nations are Welcome”, which was created in the course of the manufactory’s 300 year anniversary, shows characteristic Meissen Porcelain works which have been created since 1710 – characterised by external influences – or have been manufactured as commissioned works worldwide. Whoever would like to take a bit of “indulgence” home with them has quite a few possibilities: The MEISSEN® Boutique and Outlet offers the worldwide largest selection ranging from small bowls to limited works of art. The Restaurant and Café MEISSEN® offer culinary delicacies served on Meissen Porcelain.

MEISSEN manufactory demonstration workshop

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Family Weekend at MEISSEN® 12 - 13 February and 12 - 13 November Open House 16 April and 22 October


Gotha Molsdorf Weimar Altenburg

Schmalkalden Meiningen Heldburg

Rudolstadt Greiz Schwarzburg

The legacy of courtly life




Middle Rhine Valley View on Rheinfels Castle

Koblenz Statue of Kaiser Wilhelm I

scenery and the home of riesling.


Riesling grapes

have been cultivated for centuries in the wine region along the Moselle and the Rhine. This landscape is a tapestry of vines dripping with glistening fruit.

Active holidaymakers can tackle the six kilometre Rhine-Moselle cycle trail and pedal from Mühlental to Waldesch. Rüdesheim, St. Goar, St. Goarshausen and Assmannshausen are also popular riverboat tour destinations. St. Goarshausen is set at the foot of the Loreley, the famous slate outcrop where, according to legend, a blond mermaid sang beguilingly and lured sailors to their death upon the rocks. Another spectacular sight is the Germania monument in Rüdesheim, which can be reached on foot, by car or by cable car.

Rüdesheim Ehrenfels Castle

The “Rhine in Flames” festival takes place every year in September. This amazing light show and massive firework display at the Loreley is a magical spectacle of fire, water and light set against the backdrop of Rheinfels, Katz and Maus (cat & mouse) castles, attracting visitors from all over the world.

This landscape along the Rhine and the Moselle is a blend of unspoilt countryside, medieval castles and palaces and steep, terraced vineyards. ‘The romantic Rhine’, the expression coined by English and Italian tourists at the end of the 18th century, has come to encapsulate everything about this region. Today the river landscape between Rhens and Spay – the Middle Rhine Valley – is a UNESCO World Heritage site, the perfect destination for long walks or a leisurely riverboat tour. From Koblenz, one of Germany’s oldest towns, visitors can take a boat upstream and enjoy panoramic views of the Rhine Valley, Stolzenfels Castle, Lahneck Castle and quaint half-timbered buildings. Before stepping aboard, a stroll to Deutsches Eck is not to be missed. This spit of land – where the Moselle flows into the Rhine – is adorned by an equestrian statue of Kaiser Wilhelm I. Koblenz was founded more than two millennia ago and will be hosting the

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Federal Horticultural Show in 2011. The small town of Rhens is a popular riverboat destination offering an excellent range of wines, delicious regional food and much more.

Moselstrasse Through the vineyards

A good glass of wine

Germany’s winemaking heritage.
The German Wine Route is a connoisseur’s dream come true and truly delivers on its promise. A feast for the senses, it runs for 85 km from SchweigenRechtenbach to Bockenheim, in a region where the Palatinate Forest and vineyards merge into one, where vine-clad slopes, lush orchards and a near mediterranean climate give form and flower to the landscape, where castles, palaces and historical parks double as sensational event venues, and where riesling, dornfelder and other renowned grape varieties shape the rhythm of daily life for those who live from – and for – wine. The world’s largest wine barrel stands in Bad Dürkheim. Its capacity is 1.7 million litres, but it actually serves as a restaurant for 650 people. The culmination of the wine-growing season is celebrated for two weeks every autumn at the Wurstmarkt festival in Bad Dürkheim, the largest wine festival in the world. Other events that vie with it in popularity include the German Grape Harvest Festival in Neustadt, during which the German Wine Queen is crowned, and the Federweisser Festival in Landau.

A fitting tribute to

Wine, wurst and a warm welcome. Through the

Palatinate wine region, linking major towns and attractions, impressing with incomparable esprit.
But wines are not only made along the German Wine Route, they are also served there – often by the people who work in the cellars and vineyards. Exquisite selections from famous wineries flow freely beneath pavement arbours, in seasonal tasting rooms and at traditional wine taverns. And there’s nothing quite like a wine tasting in the very vineyard where the wines were made. Traditional rustic Palatinate dishes and the more delicate specialities of ‘regional nouvelle cuisine’ are not to be missed either. Walking and cycling are popular activities in this playground for refined tastes, but there are more leisurely options. From May to September, if the weather is fine, an open-top double-decker bus runs between Bockenheim, Bad Dürkheim and Deidesheim offering panoramic views of the glorious countryside. The German Wine Route can be experienced in either direction, of course, so it’s ideally suited to repeat visits. The idea for the route emerged in 1935 and proved to be a masterstroke, inspiring countless imitations in other wine regions.

The “Dürkheimer Wurstmarkt” in Bad Dürkheim is the world’s largest wine festival and is held every September for two weeks.

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Kaltenbronn Wildsee in the middle of the upland moor

gorges and broad valleys.

Germany’s most varied holiday

Outstanding cuisine, certified wellness facilities and fantastic hiking trails. Sunny

hillside vineyards and shady forests alternate with river landscapes and upland moors, steep

More than 24,000 kilometres of signposted circular and longdistance trails, 8,000 kilometres of mountainbike-trails and reams of cycle tracks.

Germany’s most beautiful connoisseur’s corner It is not without good reason that the region in the southwest can boast of being “Germany’s most beautiful connoisseur’s corner”. Nowhere else is the concentration of restaurants which have been acknowledged with accolades by current gourmet guides as high as here. This shows that not only several top restaurants in the Black Forest offer creative and varying cuisine, but that in virtually

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Black Forest girls, Black Forest houses, Black Forest gateau, cuckoo clocks – throughout the world the Black Forest stands for storybook holidays in an intact and pristine landscape. The scenically varying holiday region extends well over 11,100 square kilometres from Pforzheim in the north to the Swiss border in the south, from the French border in the west to the Nagold and Neckar river valleys in the east. The Black Forest, which rises to an elevation of 1,493 metres, thereby comprises roughly two thirds of the area. At the same time it is one of the most varied hiking destinations in Europe with seemingly never-ending views of nature.

every village one finds an inn or restaurant with special indulgence factor. The cuisine ranges from regional to international, but always features great attention for detail. Well over 60 “nature park innkeepers” and more than 40 innkeepers from the culinary association “Kulinarisch Kaiserstuhl” are particularly committed to regional cuisine. In accordance with the motto “From the region, for the region”, they procure fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables, meat from organic animal husbandry, honey and cheese directly from local producers. By foot and on two wheels However, the holiday region not only has a wide range of offers for connoisseur holidaymakers, but active nature lovers can also look forward to challenging recreational holidays. More than 24,000 kilometres of long-distance hiking trails and circular hiking routes are signposted here. Thematic and adventure paths promise amusement in harmony with nature. The legendary “Westweg” (West Trail) trail was constructed back in 1900: along the course of over 285 kilometres it passes through the deepest

Forbach Hiking across the riverbed in Murgtal

Freudenstadt Beautiful view

forests and most panoramic mountains of the Black Forest ranging from Pforzheim to Basel. Certified “quality hosts” offer special service along the way: they provide lunch packets for hikers, offer drying rooms and luggage transport to the next lodging. The “Schluchtensteig” (Gorge Trail) is the latest long-distance hiking trail in the Black Forest: it features six stages and leads along 118 km through the most beautiful gorges in the south of the region. En route with the entire family The accolade “Family-friendly Holidays in BadenWürttemberg” has been bestowed upon Germany’s highest uplands due to its family-friendly policies. “Leo Luschtig” the lion mascot stands for familyfriendly holidays. A holiday resort only receives the seal of quality if the entire town responds to the desires and needs of children. Of the 28 quality seals awarded by the state for particularly familyfriendly holiday resorts, 25 awards went to municipalities in the Black Forest. Free admission and rides in the Black Forest: Over 160 of the most beautiful excursion destinations in the entire Black Forest can be experienced with the “SchwarzwaldCard” (Black Forest card). In 2011, holidaymakers can once again make a choice between the SchwarzwaldCard and the “SchwarzwaldCard Europa-Park”, which includes one free admission to Germany’s most attractive amusement park.

A healthier climate by nature! Freudenstadt's location on an upland plateau makes it ideal for fun-packed holidays. This region, where there is rarely mist or wind, is renowned for its clean air, sunshine and low humidity. The terrain lends itself to a variety of sports, from paragliding, mountain-biking and hiking to golf and snow-shoe walking. The streets surrounding Freudenstadt's market square, the largest market square in Germany, are superb for shopping and leisurely strolls. An unusual L-shaped church can be seen on the lower market square. If you love the great outdoors and you're looking for a healthy holiday in the fresh air, a walk on one of the seven climatic health walking trails is the ideal choice.

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Breisach upon Rhine
Welcome to our charming town, near Freiburg and the Black Forest


Schwarzwald Tourismus GmbH
Ludwigstrasse 23 | DE-79104 Freiburg Phone +49 (0)761 89 646 93 Fax +49 (0)761 89 646 94 [email protected]

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Your contact: Breisach-Touristik Marktplatz 16 D-79206 Breisach am Rhein Tel. +49 76 67/94 01 55 Fax +49 76 67/94 01 58 [email protected]

View of Mainau Island

of Europe.

A holiday at Lake Constance in the heart

Palms along the lakeside promenades, vineyards, rambling meadows and

apple trees in the lakeside region, alpine peaks and hilly hinterland on the horizon characterise the multifaceted image of the international four-nation Lake Constance region.

Culture and tradition in the neighbouring countries: The Bregenz Festival on the well-known floating stage is held every year in Austria. Friedensreich Hundertwasser’s colourful Market Hall in Altenrhein and the facades adorned with oriels in Stein am Rhein on the Swiss lakeshore are impressive. Schaffhausen with the largest waterfall in Europe is not far away. A cultural highlight featuring the Electoral Collection can be found at Museum Liechtenstein.

The Lake Constance holiday region featuring the four nations Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein extends over 500 square kilometres. The holiday paradise is just as diverse. Experience charming medieval towns and baroque cultural sites, and discover the modern architecture: the historic city of Constance, Friedrichshafen where the Zeppelin airship was invented, Meersburg situated on idyllic vineyards, the protected heritage of the Wasserburg Peninsula or the impressive harbour facility in Lindau. Überlingen offers pure relaxation directly on Lake Constance with a long lakeside promenade and wonderful parks. The fertile soil and the many sunny days provide optimal conditions for growing delicious fruit and vegetables from Lake Constance, particularly Reichenau Island. The island and the abbey library in St. Gallen, Switzerland, are UNESCO World Heritage sites and are popular excursion destinations. The Bregenz Festival featuring the famous floating stage is held every year on the Austrian side.

The traditional start of the Mainau Flower Year is the Orchid Show in the Palm House, which is regarded as one of the most important exhibitions of this kind in Europe. Design features are walls and towers made of tuff, which are populated by the orchids. The orchid genus Cattleya is the focus of attention

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The Flower Year 2011 on Mainau Island Luxuriant blooms all year round, a park with a tree population over 150 years old, the baroque splendour of the castle complex and church as well as the mediterranean character – this is Mainau, the Flower Island in Lake Constance! Count Lennart Bernadotte († 2004), great grandson of Grand Duke Friedrich I. of Baden, transformed the overgrown park into a paradise of flowers and plants. Every season, the current generation of the Bernadotte family strives to recreate an oasis of natural beauty, harmony and relaxation for visitors from all over the world. Mainau is one of the most popular tourist attractions on Lake Constance, and features a floral array following the seasons as well as one of the largest butterfly houses in Germany.

Church of St. Peter and St. Paul on Reichenau Island

Birnau Pilgrimage Church

this year. The spring flower attracts visitors outdoors with a sea of fiery colours and tantalising scents. The annual Rose Month June is a highlight in the Flower Year. This queen of flowers is presented in more than 1,200 varieties along the promenade, which features wild and shrub roses, and in the Italian Rose Garden. The blossoming of dahlias in the lakeside garden colourfully heralds the arrival of autumn. Then over 12,000 dahlias unfurl veritable fireworks of flowers and vie for the favour of visitors. A journey along the German lakeshore The university city Constance with its unique location on Lake Constance and the Rhine River offers a multifaceted range of cultural and leisure activities such as classical concerts, the annual Constance Summer Nights with the Lake Night Festival as well as romantic boat excursions and the International Lake Constance Week for all water sports enthusiasts. There are also enthralling city sightseeing walks highlighting over 2,000 years of the city’s history. The attractive city of Überlingen, known as the “Kneipp Spa of the South” because of its thermal springs, is located northwest of Constance. Überlingen welcomes visitors with its zest for life and knowledge of well-being and health. Modern spa facilities, a broad range of tourist attractions and diverse shopping opportunities characterise the cityscape. In the nearby Lake Dwelling Museum in

Unteruhldingen you can can journey back in time to the Stone Age and Bronze Age on Lake Constance. Meersburg Fortress with its unique silhouette is located further eastward and also promises excitement. The medieval fortress, which gave the city its name and was formerly in the possession of the bishops of Constance, towers majestically above the rooftops and is visible from far across the water. Further along the lake is the city of Friedrichshafen, which is the home town of the Zeppelin airship and aviation in general. It is also the location of the Zeppelin Museum. The modern Zeppelin NT enables up to twelve passengers to hover above Lake Constance and to enjoy the unique panorama during a two-hour sightseeing flight. The Dornier Museum, also located in Friedrichshafen, exhibits the life and work of aviation pioneer Claude Dornier and allows visitors to experience 100 years of exciting aerospace history. A very special holiday paradise awaits visitors in Lindau, the last large town before the Austrian border. On mild summer nights, a mediterranean flair prevails under the palms. A walking tour through the historic harbour town starts at the lighthouse and lion on the lakeside promenade and leads through medieval Maximilianstrasse towards the market square. From nature to technology, from sports to culture – Lake Constance has something for everyone!


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Internationale Bodensee Tourismus GmbH
Hafenstrasse 6 DE-78462 Konstanz Phone +49 (0)7531 90 94 90 Fax +49 (0)7531 90 94 94 [email protected]

Experience nature, art and culture

Vassily Kandinsky was one of the first to find inspiration in Murnau and its picturesque landscape at the foothills of the Bavarian Alps. • EuroArt artists’ colony between Munich and Garmisch-Partenkirchen • Swimming, cycling and hiking in the mountains and lakes • “Blue Rider” expressionist heritage in the Castle Museum and Münter House • Murnauer Moos: the largest alpine moor in central Europe • King Ludwig’s castles and other world-famous sights and attractions within easy reach

Lake Königssee

Fairytale tour of the Bavarian Alps.
Rising up majestically towards the sky, the Alps have captured the imagination since time immemorial with their bare rocks and snow-capped summits. What better way to enjoy them than on one of Germany's oldest tourist routes? The German Alpine Road runs for more than 450 kilometres from Lindau on the shores of Lake Constance to Berchtesgaden by the Austrian border and is a totally unforgettable experience. Attractions along the way include Oberstaufen and other popular spa resorts, plus historical gems such as Neuschwanstein Castle and Ettal Abbey, the latter famous for its digestif spirit. It's hard to think of a better place to end a long walk, a day up in the mountains or a cycling tour than a quintessentially

The region at its best.

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German beer garden. You'll discover exactly why the Bavarians are so friendly once you've tucked into some freshly roasted veal and tackled your first one-litre beer! Or perhaps you'd prefer to observe the festivities at a traditional country wedding, lose yourself in the fun and excitement of a parish annual fair – zithers, brass bands and all – and enjoy the spectacular scenery of southern Germany on a hot-air balloon ride. There are also plenty of activities to enjoy in and around the 20 crystal-clear mountain lakes and in the national parks and conservation areas. The region reveals its beauty at all times of the year, even in winter when attention shifts to the snow-covered pistes and traditional mountain lodges.

Bavaria – A Variety of Museums
Discover the museums and palaces in Bavaria! The Infopoint – Museums & Palaces in Bavaria is your information centre in the heart of Munich. Here, in the historic Alter Hof you will find comprehensive and up-to-date information about the Bavarian museum landscape. The Infopoint provides you with all the information necessary for planning your excursion: collection focus of the museums, addresses, opening hours, special exhibitions, guided tours, activities and much more. You are free to organise your museum visit to suit your taste! Infopoint – Museums & Palaces in Bavaria Alter Hof 1, 80331 Munich, Germany Phone: + 49 (0) 89 21 01 40 50 Fax: + 49 (0) 89 21 01 40 55 [email protected] Opening Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10.00-18.00

We would like to invite you to discover the diversity of the Bavarian museum landscape.

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Ries Crater Museum

Nördlingen Aerial photograph

are round.
Located on the “Romantic Road”, Nördlingen is surrounded by Germany’s only completely preserved city wall. A walk on the roughly 2.7 km long fortification with its numerous gates and towers offers a beautiful view of the romantic alleys. The town’s prominent landmark, the late Gothic hall church St. Georg with the bell tower affectionately called “Daniel” in common parlance, is already visible from far away. From the steeple of the Daniel there is a wonderful panorama of the medieval town and the “Ries”. This unique landscape was created roughly 15 million years ago through the impact of a meteorite. The “Swabian Stone” (suevite) is only one of many geological peculiarities which developed in the Ries. Since 2009 Nördlingen has borne the title

The most beautiful corners

Take time for an exploration.

“Cittàslow” bestowed by the international association of liveable cities. This global movement distinguishes cities which treasure original landscapes, promote craftsmanship and regional products and in which taste, culture and hospitality are in the foreground. Let yourself be enchanted by Nördlingen. After all: “The most beautiful corners are round!”


Tourist-Information Nördlingen
Marktplatz 2 DE-86720 Nördlingen im Geopark Ries Phone +49 (0)9081 84 116 Fax +49 (0)9081 84 113 [email protected]

Visit the Ries Crater Museum and be impressed by the meteorites which struck the area 15 million years ago. Another highlight is the moon rocks exhibited in the museum.

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City of Three Rivers
Passau is situated at the confluence of Danube, Inn and Ilz directly at the Austrian border. Prince-bishops embellished Passau as their residence and Italian masters created the baroque townscape. Tourist Office Rathausplatz 3 DE-94032 Passau Phone: +49 851 95598 0 Fax: +49 851 35107 [email protected] With its charm and flair Passau ranks among Bavaria’s most impressive cities. The beautiful Old Town is dwarfed by the monumental St. Stephen’s Cathedral with the world’s biggest cathedral organ. High above the rivers is the castle of Veste Oberhaus and the cloister Maria Hilf. Passau is the starting point for many river cruises into the countries bordering the Danube.

Rothenburg Town Hall with Renaissance façade

Käthe Wohlfahrt Christmas Village


Rothenburg Tourismus Service
Marktplatz 2 DE-91541 Rothenburg o.d. Tauber Phone +49 (0)9861 40 48 00 [email protected]

Romanticism, living history and unique flair.
Rothenburg ob der Tauber features pure romanticism in a globally known town which combines historic ambience with internationality. The silhouette of the medieval Old Town is characterized by more than 40 towers and the town wall featuring fortifications that can be walked on surrounds the Old Town. A walk through the town’s alleys whisks you away into a long forgotten time. Embedded in undisturbed landscapes, the city – which obscures countless cultural treasures such as St.-JacobsChurch, the medieval Crime Museum or the Imperial City Museum behind its walls – invites visitors to linger and discover. Among the highlights in the rich offer of cultural activities and events are the festival “The Master Draught”, the Wine

ob der Tauber.

Käthe Wohlfahrt & German Christmas Museum
Herrngasse 1 DE-91541 Rothenburg o.d. Tauber Phone +49 (0)9861 40 90

Village, The Imperial City Days and the Christmas Market. Käthe Wohlfahrt’s “Christmas Village” is a unique experience in summer as well as winter. The “wintry” shopping paradise is presented behind inconspicuous facades in the middle of the Old Town: for instance, small snow-covered half-timbered houses surround small squares where a five meter high, white Christmas tree with 1,000 glass ornaments or a 5.50 meter high Christmas pyramid rotates. The scenery in which you can select from approx. 30,000 traditional German Christmas articles on several levels is guarded by a 3.50 meter high nutcracker and is transformed by 196,000 lights into a glistening Christmas fairytale.

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The Hotel Eisenhut is located in the heart of the Old Town Town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, the most famous and picturesque Tauber, r fam of medieval towns along the romantic road. medieva al . Four patrician mansions, dating back to the 15th and16th century, are now a first class hotel with 78 rooms. Today, this unique hotel offers you all modern amenities combined in a medieval atmosphere. No room is like the other, all are individually furnished. Throughout the hotel you will find select antiques and original artwork. Historical banquet rooms and modernly equipped conference rooms are at hand for events of all kind.

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Info & Booking: HOTEL EISENHUT - An Arvena Hotel - Herrngasse 3-5/7 - 91541 Rothenburg o. d. Tauber - Telephone: +49 (0)9861 70 50 - Free Call: 0800-Eisenhut - E-Mail: [email protected]

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Altötting Urn bearing the heart of King Ludwig II

Ammergau Alps Linderhof Palace

Bavaria’s religious centres commemorate King Ludwig II.
The life of Ludwig II, who died 125 years ago under mysterious circumstances, will be solemnly remembered. The pilgrimage town of Altötting and the Passion Play village of Oberammergau will also honour the ‘Fairytale King’.

King Ludwig II was a devout Christian. He visited Oberammergau’s parish church or the Benedictine monastery at Ettal on a regular basis. Altötting is also closely associated with the monarch: since the 17th century the hearts of Bavarian rulers have been preserved in silver urns in the Altötting Chapel of Grace, among them also the urn bearing the heart of King Ludwig II, as a sign of deep solidarity with the Bavarian national shrine. This tradition, retained until the end of the monarchy, earned Altötting the sobriquet “Heart of Bavaria”. An individual journey in the tracks of King Ludwig II offers the best overall view of the most famous places of interest in southern Bavaria. In 2011 this tour will be particularly unique, since numerous events will be held pertaining to the “King Ludwig II” theme. Starting from Munich, the most important places of interest can be combined in a 3-day tour. Oberammergau has always been characterised by religious culture. Neuschwanstein Castle, Linderhof Palace, the Pilgrimage Church of Wies and Ettal Monastery Monastery are always worth a visit in any case. Linderhof Palace, located in the Ammergau Alps, is the smallest of the three castles which Ludwig had built. Linderhof is the only castle which the king also inhabited for eight years. In the year of the 125th anniversary of the death of

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King Ludwig II, special guided tours of Linderhof Palace will provide an insight into the magical fairytale world of Bavaria’s most famous king. The route next leads from Oberammergau along the Bavarian Alps to Lake Chiemsee including a visit to the Bavarian State Exhibition “Twilights of the gods – King Ludwig II” at Herrenchiemsee Castle. The third stop is devoted to the pilgrimage town Altötting. After a visit to the Chapel of Grace and the museums, among them the “Jerusalem Panorama of the Crucifixion of Christ” and the “New Treasury” with the Pilgrimage Museum in the house Pope Benedict XVI, which also accommodates the bridal wreath of Austrian Empress Sissi, the traditional Altötting Candlelight Procession held every Saturday evening from May to October provides a fitting conclusion.


Pilgrimage and Tourist Office Altötting
Kapellplatz 2a DE-84503 Altötting Phone +49 (0)8671 50 62 19

Events commemorating the 125th year of the death of King Ludwig II: Exhibition in the Oberammergau Museum, 01/04/ - 31/12/2011; Major Candlelight Procession in Altötting 14/08/2011; “Mountain Fire” in the Ammergau Alps 24/08/2011 and much more.

Oberammergau Ammergau Alps
Eugen-Papst-Strasse 9a DE-82487 Oberammergau Phone +49 (0)8822 92 27 40

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A variety of ideas for unique moments. Exuberance and zest for life at traditional festivals. Quaint discoveries during the automotive year.
excitement and entertainment, and the many theme parks offer fun and thrills for the whole family. The “Made in Germany” seal of quality adorns a host of products and brands, which can be purchased in futuristic shopping malls, outlet centres or direct from the manufacturer. This year’s sporting calendar features the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011™ and dozens of city marathons that are looking for new champions. Germany is also a place for the finer things in life. Aside from a mouth-watering selection of culinary events there are world-class concerts providing aural delights.

The car, one of mankind’s most important inventions ever, is celebrating its 125th birthday in 2011. This breadand-butter product of the German economy is being honoured in the form of countless events, special exhibitions in museums and the opportunity to glimpse behind the scenes in automotive factories. Beyond cars, Germany has a wide range of attractions that suits almost any interest you can think of. Museums devoted to all manner of subjects are just waiting to be discovered, festivals large and small – such as the Oktoberfest in Munich and Hamburg's Port Festival – provide

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to the full. Lots to see and do.

Living life

Germany has something for

everyone. Lifestyle and shopping, wellness and entertainment, cuisine and culture – so it’s curtains up for an experience to remember.

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Munich Shopping centre “Fünf Höfe”

Berlin KaDeWe

gourmets and fashion fans.
fine wines and brand-name products made in Germany.

Perfect for

If you’re going on vacation in Germany, make sure to leave some

space in your suitcase. The temptations are simply endless – from leading international fashion labels to

Shopping in Frankfurt: MyZeil Located in the heart of the city, MyZeil is one of the trendiest shopping centres in Germany. On eight floors, with spectacular, light-flooded architecture, MyZeil offers an equally spectacular retail and leisure mix.

The top addresses in Berlin are Friedrichstrasse and Kurfürstendamm, but the German capital is also renowned for its many small boutiques in the bohemian quarters around Hackescher Markt and in Friedrichshain. Quirky souvenirs and fashion by creative designers are available at Berlinomat. The KaDeWe (Kaufhaus des Westens), Europe’s second-largest department store, is a true Berlin legend. Even browsing through the luxury wares on sale here is an experience in itself. Another highlight

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Particularly the major cities, such as Munich, Hamburg and above all Berlin, are a real shopper’s paradise. The pedestrian areas of Germany’s historical town centers and its 400 shopping malls are the perfect place to hunt for bargains, followed by a well-earned break with a delicious piece of cake at one of the local cafés. Among the most popular shopping streets with large department stores and flagship establishments of famous fashion labels are Schildergasse in the vibrant old quarter of Cologne, Hamburg’s Mönckebergstrasse and Kaufingerstrasse in Munich. For a taste of real luxury, try the upmarket shops along Königsallee in the fashion mecca of Düsseldorf. Alongside Chanel and Prada, you can find all the leading German designer brands here, including Boss and Escada.

Frankfurt MyZeil

is its food department, which offers specialties from around the world. Among the 3,400 fine wines you are sure to find some exclusive examples from Germany’s 13 wine-growing regions. Among the idyllic vineyards of the Rhine and Moselle regions, you’ll find shops where you can buy excellent vintages directly from the wine growers themselves, for example the elegant Schloss Johannisberg estate in the Rheingau. The same is true for all German specialties. A delicious beer fresh from the barrel never tastes better than in the beer garden of the brewery. Many breweries from Munich to Flensburg offer guided tours and tastings. Sweet indulgences such as marzipan from Lübeck, Nuremberg Lebkuchen (gingerbread), and delicious treats from the traditional Christmas markets make ideal gifts.

Europapark “Blue Fire Megacoaster”

Sinsheim Car & Technology Museum

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Adventure, pleasure and thrills.


roller coaster rides or attractive show programmes – German theme parks leave nothing to be desired.
The time of your life is waiting at Germany’s theme parks. Take your pick from the best roller coaster in the world, a flying carousel with spectacular sea views or breathtaking stunt shows packed with movie-style action. The most popular theme park in Germany is the “Europapark” in Rust at the edge of the Black Forest. Visitors can look forward to a choice of nine roller coasters including two water roller coasters. “Hansa Park”, Germany’s only maritime theme park, is situated at the Baltic Sea. Splashing boat rides and unique model ships characterise the huge experience world. With a freefall height of 71 metres, the freefall tower “Scream” tower at “Heidepark”, south of Hamburg, is the biggest of its kind. A miniaturised landscape with over 50 million lego bricks is one of the main attractions of the “Legoland” theme park in Günzburg, including lovingly recreated scenes of Berlin, Neuschwanstein Castle, Venice and Switzerland. The park opened in 2002 and, since then, has welcomed 1.3 million delighted visitors annually from all over the world.

Europapark Rust offers 13 impressive theme zones, each of which focuses on an individual country or region and presents its special characteristics like architecture or cuisine in a cultural context.

Here today... there tomorrow... and Tripsdrill Theme Park including overnight accommodation.
The Car & Technology Museum Sinsheim features more than 3,000 exhibits spanning the history of technology, including a Concorde with walk-on visitor access. Another sensational attraction is the IMAX 3D cinema showing the very best in 3D films on a giant screen.

Enjoy two fun-packed days at the Car & Technology Museum Sinsheim

At Tripsdrill Theme Park you can look forward to more than 100 novelty attractions: clatter through a gigantic sawmill on the wooden roller coaster Mammut, and be sure not to miss the bathtub flume ride, the double thunderbox, the soapbox race – and of course Tripsdrill Wildlife Park.

The all-inclusive package ‚Here today... there tomorrow...‘ is bookable from 16 April to 6 November 2011 and includes admission to the Car & Technology Museum Sinsheim plus IMAX 3D cinema and Tripsdrill Theme Park and Wildlife Park. Included in the price is one night‘s accommodation with breakfast either in the 4-star Hotel Sinsheim near to the museum or in a shepherd´s wagons at Tripsdrill Theme Park. The all-inclusive price with an overnight stay at the 4-star Hotel Sinsheim: adults from €82.50 • Information: +49 (0)7261 / 4064-0 • The all-inclusive price with an overnight stay in a shepherd´s wagons at Tripsdrill Theme Park: adults from €74.00 • Information: +49 (0)7135 / 9999 • Prices for children and tour operator rates available on request.
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HIGHLIGHTS 2011/2012
Lake Night Festival, Constance Festival Summer 2011 Festivals for the 175th anniversary

13 Aug 2011
The highlight of the Lake Night festival in Constance is a spectacular firework display set to music. The first firework display took place in honour of Emperor Maximilian in 1507.

Countless festivals – all musical styles Particularly in the summer, when the days are long and warm, many German and international guests discover the desire for open-air music. Deciding which festival to attend is difficult as there is something to suit every taste in music. Whether it is “Rock am Ring” (3 - 5 June 2011), pop and electronic avantgarde at Melt! Festival (15 - 17 July 2011) or a pilgrimage to the heavy metal Mecca at the Wacken Open Air (4 - 6 August 2011): anyone who goes the whole year without getting to a festival has only themselves to blame.

175th birthday of the unique paddle steamers The world’s oldest and largest paddle steamer fleet operates between Diesbar-Seusslitz and Bad Schandau and on special voyages even as far as Ústí nad Labem in the Czech Republic. Visitors are enthralled both by the historic steamers themselves and the enchanting Elbe Valley. The traditional fleet will be celebrating its birthday in 2011 and looking back on 175 years of history with a plethora of events and highlights. Cast off! Good luck and happy sailing!

International Samba Festival Coburg

11 September 2011 08 - 10 Jul 2011
The biggest samba event outside Brazil that attracts 200,000 visitors to Coburg every year. Enjoy hot Latin rhythms from 100 troupes with more than 2,000 dancers.

Black Forest Music Festival

Visiting scenes of an industrial past – the European Heritage Days Public awareness of the importance of cultural heritage should be raised and interest in the preservation of historical monuments shall be awakened with various campaigns. Historical buildings which are otherwise inaccessible will open their doors to visitors and delight lovers of architecture and history. In addition, during expert guided tours visitors can learn interesting things about the tasks and activities involved with the preservation of historical monuments. Archaeologists, conservationists and craftsmen will demonstrate working methods and techniques, and steer the view towards details which often remain concealed to untrained eyes. The 2011 Open Monument Day has “Romanticism, Realism and Revolution – The 19th Century” as its motto. The emphasis in this connection shall be placed on the stylistic versatility and technical progress.

02 June - 13 June 2011 23 Sep - 03 Oct 2011
Enjoy music played by world-class musicians in unusual venues such as small craft workshops in the Black Forest, in churches and in concert halls.

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Events – Concerts – Exhibitions
Year-round global explorations 26 June – 17 July 2011 Classic Open Air Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin

The world’s largest model railway About 890 trains zip about on 12,000 metres of tracks on 1,150 square metres of space in Hamburg’s Speicherstadt district. The expansion from 8 sections to 12 has long been in the planning stage, because the Wonderland is constantly growing. But visitors can already find most parts of our world replicated in miniature here in Hamburg. A special section for the hometown of the miniature world shows most of the famous places of interest in Hamburg and is like a small sightseeing tour.
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Exciting matches – lavish fan parties In the summer of 2011, 16 nations will compete for the title of the world’s best women’s football nation. The tournament promises female football stars, up-and-coming new talents and jubilant fans. The opening match will be held at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, which offers over 70,000 seats. Other sporting venues are Augsburg, Bochum, Dresden, Leverkusen, Mönchengladbach, Sinsheim, Wolfsburg and Frankfurt, where the final will be held. fifawomensworldcup2011

30 June - 5 July 2011
The Gendarmenmarkt, one of the most beautiful squares in Europe in Berlin's historical centre, provides the grand setting for the Classic Open Air Festival each summer.

Frankfurt, Museum Embankment Festival

15 April – 16 October 2011 26 - 28 Aug 2011
Europe’s largest cultural festival features art and crafts stalls, live music, culinary highlights from around the world and Frankfurt’s museum row.

Gäuboden Festival

Koblenz will be transformed into a unique floral dream with new colours, shapes and ideas. The horticultural show grounds extend for 48 hectares around the Electoral Palace, German Corner and Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. The city’s unique location and history combines the three exhibition areas as a core idea. Here the two rivers Rhine and Mosel flow together at the German Corner. European history was written here, and the Roman legacy is visible everywhere. That is why the leading themes water, Europe, Rhine romanticism and UNESCO World Heritage define the planning, and architects transform formerly inconspicuous areas into locations that are now new and attractive for visitors and the populace, without forgetting the historical roots in the process. For instance, a monotonous parking area is transformed into a colourful sea of flowers or a modest backyard is transformed into a magnificent rose garden. Koblenz will be transformed, and at all locations there will be much to discover and marvel at.

12 - 22 Aug 2011
Every year, Staubing hosts Bavaria’s second biggest public festival which attracts 1.2 million visitors each year. Attractions include the grand procession, a huge funfair and the East Bavaria Show.

HIGHLIGHTS 2011/2012
The works of Michel Majerus, who died in 2002, influenced an entire generation of contemporary painters. GARDENS OF THE WORLD IN BERLIN At the fabulous Gardens of the World in Berlin, visitors can go on a unique tour of discovery. The Deichbrand Rockfestival am Meer will be held for the 7th time. Over 40 bands will perform live on four open-air stages, and top DJs and live acts will be presented in the club tent. ALTONALE The Hamburg cultural festival offers art, literature, theatre and film events as well as a three-day street festival with music, art and flea market, medieval market and “information mile”.
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Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt


26/11/11 - 09/04/12


22 - 24/07/2011

Open all year

01 - 19/06/2011

25. Nov - 23. Dec 2011
The famous Christmas market at the heart of the old quarter with traditional favourites such as gingerbread, tinsel angels, Nativity scenes, tree decorations, baubles, toys and much more.

SCHWERIN GARDEN SUMMER “Nature that inspires. Culture that fascinates.” The Schwerin Palatial Gardens present fabulous entertainment and colourful horticultural themes. SURREAL OBJECTS SCHIRN KUNSTHALLE The strange objects of surrealists demonstrate the interplay of contrasting elements, whereas the zany reality points out the subliminal and dreamlike. 41ST INTERNATIONAL DIXIELAND FESTIVAL The festival will be held in Dresden once again this year with highlights such as the “Riverboat Shuffle” on the famous Elbe River steamboats.

May till september

CROCUS BLOSSOM FESTIVAL IN HUSUM Spring makes its arrival and brings along the colour purple when more than 4 million crocuses immerse the Palatial Park in a huge, purple sea of flowers.

26/03/ - 27/03/2011

Bread and Circuses, Trier

11/02/ - 29/05/2011

“ACHTUNG BERLIN” NEW BERLIN FILM AWARD About 70 feature and documentary films, including international, national and Berlin premieres, can be seen before their official cinema start during the festival.

13 - 20/04/2011

02 - 09 Sep 2011
This grand spectacle at the amphitheatre and Roman baths in Germany’s oldest town appeals to all ages. An informative programme illustrates life as it was in Roman times.

17 - 22/05/2011

LICHTER/FILM FESTIVAL FRANKFURT AM MAIN Since 2008 the “Festival in the We and Now” has been the annual platform for new film productions from Frankfurt and the Rhine-Main region.

24 - 27/03/2011

Hanse Sail Rostock

RÜDESHEIM WINE FESTIVAL This festival highlights the best of Rüdesheim hospitality and wine culture. Wine stands cluster around the lime trees and the very special atmosphere of this festival unfolds under the garlands of lights.

19/08 – 21/08/2011

THEATRE FESTIVAL IMPULSE The festival of German-language and free theatre for the first timer takes place in summer. Outstanding off-productions in Bochum, Düsseldorf, Köln and Mülheim a. d. Ruhr.

30/06/ - 10/07/2011

11 - 14 Aug 2011
Tall ships are the main attraction at the biggest maritime event in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Hanse Sail has become a major spectacle with a programme of entertainment and other events.

SCHAUFENSTER BOOTSBAU IN BREMEN Here visitors can experience maritime handicraft up close. Interactive exhibits and hands-on activities illustrate shipbuilding from A to Z.


RHEINGAU MUSIC FESTIVAL One of the leading classical music festivals in Europe presents over 150 concerts and attracts more than 120,000 domestic and foreign visitors.

25/06/ - 27/08/2011

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Events – concerts – exhibitions
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28/06/ - 03/07/2011 SEAT KITESURF
WORLD CUP The top German kite surfers will compete with the best “dragon tamers” from 16 nations on the Westerland Beach in Sylt.


FRIEDRICHSTADT PALAST Europe’s largest and most modern revue theatre is located in the Berlin Mitte district and offers superlative shows on the highest artistic level throughout the year.

Wiesbaden Taunus street festival

08 - 17/07/2011

CHIO AACHEN The “World Festival of Equestrian Sport” has been held in Aachen since 1924 and annually attracts the elite of international equestrian sport to North Rhine-Westphalia.

17/09/ - 03/10/2011 OKTOBERFEST 2011
The world’s largest folk festival will be celebrating the art of brewing beer in the Bavarian capital Munich for the 201st time in 2011.

03 - 04 Sep 2011
Residents and shops along the legendary “antiques mile” roll out the red carpet and invite visitors to the chic street festival with culinary delicacies, art and culture.

22 - 24/09/2011

REEPERBAHN FESTIVAL The Hamburg Reeperbahn, “Germany‘s most creative neighbourhood”, is offering exciting bands and individual artists as well as an ambitious art programme for the sixth time.

16 - 17/07/2011

DTM IN THE OLYMPIC STADIUM Starting in 2011, the fascinating touring car racers will duel under the pavilion roof of the Olympic Stadium at the Olympic Park in Munich.

Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival

03 - 08/05/2011

INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF ANIMATED FILM The entire colourful world of animated film will be meeting once again in Stuttgart for the 18th International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS), and will be awarding the “Trickstar”.


ROSE MONDAY PARADE IN MAINZ Political motif floats, musical parades, flag bearers and commemorative guards will elbow their way along the revelling, dancing crowds in the state capital of Rhineland-Palatinate.

09 Jul - 28 Aug 2011
Year after year, outstanding music and a different country as its theme are the ingredients that attract an audience of thousands to Europe’s biggest classical music festival.


EUROVISION SONG CONTEST The major European singing contest will be held at the Düsseldorf Arena in 2011 and promises to be a colourful and cheerful festival.

29/04/ - 01/05/2011 KNIGHTS FESTIVAL AT
THE PALATIAL PARK The Middle Ages arrive in Bad Bentheim with jugglers, minstrels and acrobats. More than 100 performers will set up their tents at the Palatial Park in Bad Bentheim.

International Firework Competition, Hannover

21/05/ - 25/09/2011 “FROM TIME TO TIME”
What is time? Different variants and things worth knowing about time are to be discovered in the exhibition at the Neanderthal Museum in Mettmann.

06/05/ - 14/05/2011 FESTIVAL PERSPECTIVES
The German-French Festival of Stagecraft in Saarbrücken is the only festival in Germany that offers a forum for both French-language and German-language stagecraft.


HOLZHAUSEN CASTLE Concerts, recitals, reading, children’s events – an extraordinary cultural programme is featured at the centrally located, small baroque castle in Frankfurt.

31/03/ -19/06/2011 ARCHITECTURE
THROUGH THE LENS At the “Pinakothek der Moderne” modern art museum in Munich, the exhibition featuring previously hidden treasures unfurls a panorama of photography from the beginnings to the present day.

May 14, June 25, Aug 27, Sep 10 and 24, 2011
The elite of the pyrotechnic world demonstrate their art against the magnificent backdrop of the Herrenhausen Gardens, accompanied by music from classic to pop.




for Germany.

Should any of your questions concerning Germany remain unanswered, feel free to contact the German Tourist Board directly. You will find practical information for the appropriate travel themes under the Info Center link on our internet site at Our staff, at your respective country agency, will be pleased to provide any further information about Germany.
German National Tourist Office PO BOX 2695 London W1A 3TN Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany 23 Belgrave Square London SW1X 8PZ Phone: 020 78 24 13 00 Fax: 020 78 24 14 49 German Embassy Dublin 31 Trimleston Avenue Booterstown Blackrock Co. Dublin Phone: +353 1 269 3011 or 3772 Fax: +353 1 269 3946 Embassy of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Wilhelmstrasse 70-71 DE-10117 Berlin Phone: +49 30 20 45 70 Fax: +49 30 20 45 75 94 Embassy of Ireland Friedrichstrasse 200 DE-10117 Berlin Phone: +49 30 22 07 20 Fax: +49 30 22 07 22 99 Australia Embassy of the FRG 119 Empire Circuit, Yarralumla A.C.T. 2600, Canberra Phone: +61 2 6270 1911 Fax: +61 2 6270 1951 Consulate General of the FRG 480 Punt Road South Yarra, Vic. 3141 Melbourne Consulate General of the FRG 13 Trelawney Street, Woollahra N.S.W. 2025, Sydney Language School Goethe-Institut London 50 Princes Gate, Exhibition Road London SW7 2PH Phone: 020 75 96 40 00 Fax: 020 75 94 02 40 [email protected]

2011 School and Bank Holidays
Baden-Württemberg Bavaria Berlin Brandenburg Bremen Hamburg Hessen Mecklenburg-West. Pom. Lower Saxony 1) North Rhine-Westphalia Rhineland-Palatinate Saarland Saxony Saxony-Anhalt Schleswig-Holstein Thuringia

21.04./26.04. - 30.04. 18.04. - 30.04. 18.04. - 30.04. 20.04. - 30.04. 16.04. - 30.04. 07.03. - 18.03. 18.04. - 30.04. 16.04. - 27.04. 16.04. - 30.04. 18.04. - 30.04. 18.04. - 29.04. 18.04. - 30.04. 22.04. - 30.04. 18.04. - 27.04. 15.04. - 30.04. 18.04. - 30.04.

14.06. - 25.06. 14.06. - 25.06. 03.06. 03.06. 03.06./14.06. 26.04. - 29.04./03.06. 10.06. - 14.06. 03.06./14.06. 03.06. 14.06. - 18.06. 03.06. 11.06. - 14.06.

28.07. - 10.09. 30.07. - 12.09. 29.06./30.06. - 12.08. 30.06. - 13.08. 07.07. - 17.08. 30.06. - 10.08. 27.06. - 05.08. 04.07. - 13.08. 07.07. - 17.08. 25.07. - 06.09. 27.06. - 05.08. 24.06. - 06.08. 11.07. - 19.08. 11.07. - 24.08. 04.07. - 13.08. 11.07. - 19.08.

31.10./02.11. - 04.11. 31.10. - 05.11. 04.10. - 14.10. 04.10. - 14.10. 17.10. - 29.10. 04.10. - 14.10. 10.10. - 22.10. 17.10. - 21.10. 17.10. - 29.10. 24.10. - 05.11. 04.10. - 14.10. 04.10. - 15.10. 17.10. - 28.10. 17.10. - 22.10. 10.10. - 22.10. 17.10. - 28.10.

23.12. - 05.01.12 27.12. - 05.01.12 23.12. - 03.01.12 23.12. - 03.01.12 23.12. - 04.01.12 27.12. - 06.01.12 21.12. - 06.01.12 22.12. - 03.01.12 23.12. - 04.01.12 23.12. - 06.01.12 22.12. - 06.01.12 23.12. - 04.01.12 23.12. - 02.01.12 22.12. - 07.01.12 23.12. - 06.01.12 23.12. - 01.01.12

07.03. - 11.03. 31.01. - 05.02. 31.01. - 05.02. 31.01. - 01.02. 31.01. 07.02. - 19.02. 31.01. - 01.02. 07.03. - 12.03. 12.02. - 26.02. 05.02. - 12.02. 31.01. - 05.02.

Special rules apply on the North Sea islands of Lower Saxony. Special rules apply during holidays for the following islands: Sylt, Föhr, Amrum and Helgoland as well as the Halligen.

Other Holidays
01.01.2011 06.01.2011 New Years Day Epiphany
Holiday in Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Saxony-Anhalt


Corpus Christi
Holiday in Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Hessen, North RhineWestphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland, Catholic parts of Saxony and Thuringia

03.10.2011 31.10.2011

Reunification Day Reformation Day
Holiday in Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia

16.11.2011 25.12.2011 26.12.2011

Repentance Day
Holiday in Saxony

Christmas Day Boxing Day

22.04.2011 25.04.2011 01.05.2011 02.06.2011 13.06.2011

Good Friday Easter Monday May Day Ascension Day Whit Monday


All Saints
Holiday in Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland

15.08.2011 Virgin Mary Ascension Day
In Catholic areas of Bavaria, Saarland

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Deutsche Bahn (DB) in the UK.
Deutsche Bahn (DB) Frequent Eurostar rail services for passengers to the continent through the Channel Tunnel. There are promotional fares from London to Cologne from only £79 return. This offer is valid on Eurostar trains from London or Ebbsfleet to Brussels in connection with DB’s ICE service from Brussels to Cologne. Passengers departing from London can reach the main station in Cologne in just under 5 hours. For those who want to travel within Germany or onward to another European country, there are easy connections from the Cologne main station using Deutsche Bahn’s local or long-distance trains. Rail travel throughout Germany is available at affordable prices. There are special offers on many routes throughout the whole year and fares normally depend on the distance travelled and the type of service used. A German regional ticket for up to 5 persons from just £22 – For unlimited travel for a whole day within a certain region of Germany using Deutsche Bahn’s “Länder-Tickets”. Travel can be on any weekday, Saturday or Sunday, within one of the German states. The ticket can be used on all local trains (RegionalExpress, RegionalBahn, S-Bahn) and also other modes of transport. The package price starts from £22 for up to 5 persons travelling together, or for parents (or one parent) travelling with any number of children under 15. SparNight, the DB NachtZug promotion is now also valid on several DB night train routes from Paris to many German cities. Prices start from £24 for a seat or £57 for a sleeper berth. These are one-way fares per person and subject to availability and change. Using the Eurostar service, you can travel to Paris and use the overnight connections to Munich via Karlsruhe, Stuttgart and Ulm. Direct connections are also available to Berlin from Paris (prices and information are correct at time of printing). How to book Deutsche Bahn offers a comprehensive booking service for rail travel in Germany and Europe. For rail tickets and information contact the Deutsche Bahn UK Booking Centre 0871 880 80 66 (8p/minute) from Monday to Friday (9am to 5pm). Train timetables and connections are also available at For motorail services (also available in English) please visit Coach travel – Eurolines serves many destinations from the UK to Germany. Phone: 08705 14 32 19 |

Ferry Connections
Belgium Denmark France Netherlands

from - to
Hull – Zeebrugge Harwich – Esbjerg Dover – Dunkirk Harwich – Hook of Holland Newcastle – Amsterdam Hull – Rotterdam

P&O Ferries DFDS Norfolkline Stena Line DFDS P&O Ferries Eurotunnel Eurostar Coach Coach

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Folkstone – Calais London, Ebsfleet, Ashford – Paris, Brussels UK to Europe UK to Europe


Learn the language the most effective way at 13 attractive locations throughout Germany. Benefit from the supplementary services we offer: • Personal consultation on learning • Media resource centres/individual learning centres • A cultural and leisure programme • Accommodation service

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Flights to Germany
Air Berlin

Direct, non stop Flights from Airport
London Stansted

Berlin Tegel, Cologne/Bonn, Dresden, Düsseldorf, Erfurt, Hamburg, Hanover, Muenster/Osnabrueck, Nuremberg, Paderborn-Lippstadt, Stuttgart, Sylt Düsseldorf Nuremberg Berlin-Schönefeld, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt/Main, Hamburg, Munich Munich Munich, Stuttgart, Basel/Freiburg, Berlin Tegel, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt/Main, Hamburg Stuttgart, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt/Main, Hamburg Frankfurt/Main Berlin Tegel, Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt/Main Hamburg, Hanover, Munich, Stuttgart Frankfurt/Main Berlin Tegel, Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt/Main, Hamburg, Hanover, Munich, Stuttgart Düsseldorf, Frankfurt/Main, Munich Berlin Tegel, Cologne/Bonn, Dresden. Düsseldorf, Frankfurt/Main, Hamburg, Hanover, Munich, Stuttgart Berlin-Schönefeld Berlin-Schönefeld Berlin-Schönefeld Munich Berlin-Schönefeld, Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Munich Berlin-Schönefeld, Dortmund, Hamburg Hamburg, Munich Cologne, Munich Düsseldorf Düsseldorf, Frankfurt/Main, Hanover Düsseldorf, Frankfurt/Main, Hanover Berlin-Schönefeld, Dresden, Friedrichshafen, Leipzig/Halle, Hanover, Rostock, Stuttgart Berlin-Schönefeld, Dresden, Friedrichshafen, Munich Berlin Schönefeld, Cologne/Bonn, Dresden, Leipzig/Halle, Friedrichshafen Berlin-Schönefeld, Cologne/Bonn, Dresden, Friedrichshafen, Munich, Leipzig/Halle Düsseldorf Cologne/Bonn, Dresden, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt/Main, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart Düsseldorf, Frankfurt/Main, Munich Düsseldorf, Frankfurt/Main Düsseldorf Düsseldorf Frankfurt/Main, Munich Düsseldorf, Frankfurt/Main, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart Düsseldorf Düsseldorf Frankfurt/Main Bremen, Nuremberg Berlin-Schönefeld, Bremen, Düsseldorf/Weeze, Frankfurt/Hahn, Memmingen (Allgäu Apt.) Altenburg/Leipzig, Berlin-Schönefeld, Bremen, Düsseldorf/Weeze, Frankfurt/Hahn, Hamburg/Luebeck, Karlsruhe/Baden, Memmingen (Allgäu Apt.) Berlin-Schönefeld Bremen Düsseldorf/Weeze Berlin-Schoenefeld, Frankfurt/Hahn, Memmingen Basel/Freiburg Basel/Freiburg Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Hanover, Muenster/Osnabrueck Nuremberg, Paderborn/Lippstadt, Stuttgart Cologne/Bonn, Paderborn

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Aer Lingus

Jersey Manchester Dublin Cork London Heathrow Birmingham London City Manchester London City Belfast Birmingham London Heathrow

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British Airways

British Midland

Phone: 0844 8484 888


Bristol Glasgow Liverpool London Stansted London Gatwick London Luton Manchester Edinburgh London Gatwick Manchester Southampton London Stansted Manchester Edinburgh Dublin

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Fly Be

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Jet2 Lufthansa

Leeds London Heathrow Birmingham Edinburgh Inverness Jersey London City Manchester Newcastle Newquay Dublin Bristol Edinburgh London Stansted

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OLT Ryanair

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of the German National Tourist Board
Regional Management Northwest Europe
Netherlands German National Tourist Office, Amsterdam Infotel.: (020) 697 80 66 [email protected] Belgium/Luxembourg German National Tourist Office, Brussels Infotel.: (02) 2 45 97 00 [email protected] Great Britain/Ireland German National Tourist Office, London Infotel.: (020) 73 17 09 08 [email protected] Poland Marketing and Sales Office c/o German-Polish Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Warsaw Russia Marketing and Sales Office, Moscow Czech Republic/Slovakia Marketing and Sales Office c/o German-Czech Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Prague Slovenia Marketing and Sales Office c/o German-Slovenian Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Ljubljana Hungary Marketing and Sales Office c/o German-Hungarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce Budapest

Regional Management Asia/Australia
Japan/South Korea German National Tourist Office Tokyo Infotel.: (03) 35 86 07 05 [email protected] China/Beijing Marketing and Sales Office c/o Delegation of German Industry & Commerce (Taicang) Co. LTD China/Hong Kong Marketing and Sales Office c/o Delegation of German Industry & Commerce Australia Marketing and Sales Office c/o Ink Publicity Sydney Arabian Gulf Countries Marketing and Sales Office c/o Lufthansa German Airlines Dubai India Marketing and Sales Office c/o Lufthansa German Airlines New Delhi

Regional Management Southwest Europe
Spain German National Tourist Office, Madrid Infotel.: 91 4 29 35 51 [email protected] France German National Tourist Office Paris Infotel.: (01) 40 20 01 88 [email protected] Italy German National Tourist Office Milan Infotel.: (02) 26 11 15 98 [email protected] Switzerland German National Tourist Office Zurich Infotel.: (044) 2 13 22 00 [email protected]

Regional Management The Americas/Israel
USA/New York German National Tourist Office Sales Offices Los Angeles and Chicago Infotel.: (212) 6617200 [email protected] Canada Marketing and Sales Office c/o Canadian German Chamber of Industry and Commerce Inc. Toronto Israel Marketing and Sales Office c/o Lufthansa German Airlines Tel Aviv-Yafo Brazil Marketing and Sales Office c/o German-Brazilian Chamber of Industry and Commerce Sao Paulo

Regional Management Northeast Europe
Denmark German National Tourist Office Vesterbrogade 6 D, III Copenhagen Infotel.: 33 43 68 00 [email protected] Norway Marketing and Sales Office c/o German-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce Oslo Sweden Marketing and Sales Office, Stockholm Infotel.: (08) 6 65 18 81 [email protected] Finland Marketing and Sales Office, Helsinki

Regional Management Southeast Europe
Austria German National Tourist Office, Vienna Infotel.: (01) 5 13 27 92 [email protected]

DMG – Deutsche Marketing Gesellschaft Niedenau 78 DE-60325 Frankfurt Phone +49 (0)69 65 30 880 Typeline Werbeagentur GmbH & Co.KG Hanauer Landstrasse 190 DE-60314 Frankfurt Phone +49 (0)69 95 14 490 [email protected] Advertisements Johannes Crilly Claudia Schmidt Carina Jüngel Pia Heinrich Evropi Dionysiadou Irina Gaft

Authors Karen Amme Uta Buhr Carola Feddersen Angelika Fischer Christa Hasselhorst Peter Christian Lang Hilke Maunder Angela Raneri Ann Wente Norbert Wolf Editorial Dr. Thomas Wolf Monika Raic Art-Direction/Production Hannes Albert Diane Khalik Paulina Klaic Katica Milic Ralf Rehnert Markus Seeliger

Project Coordination Christian Birkhölzer Maike Munck

Text and picture reprints and copies only with permission

Cover picture: © René H. /, Titel “Domino”

All the details are based on sources of the mentioned organisations and enterprises. No responsibility is taken for the correctness. Alterations possible. Status quo December 2010.

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Unforgettable Moments
Where short breaks become big occasions!
Welcome to the wonderful world of fantasy – welcome to Europa-Park. Over 100 exciting attractions and spectacular shows in 13 European themed areas are guaranteed to enthrall you! Feel butterflies in your tummy all the year round: lavish decorations, a wide array of themed festivals, hip parties and surprises galore await you! And for an enchanting ending to an unforgettable adventure, stay at one of our four 4-star themed hotels*, the Camp Resort* with its teepees, covered wagons and romantic log-cabins, or spend a cosy night in your own caravan.
*book through your travel agency or directly at Europa-Park Resort

Refreshing moments

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Magic moments

Europa-Park Hotel Resort

Info-Line +49 (0) 18 05/77 66 88 (14 cent/min.**) · · Motorway A5 Karlsruhe - Basel · Exit 57b Europa-Park Open daily from 9 April to 6 November 2011 from 9.00 am – 6.00 pm (longer opening hours during main season) and in winter
**for calls from the German landline network, prices for mobile and international calls may differ

Free Ticket*
For Shopping Express Bus from main station Frankfurt or Munich, 9.30 am. Show this ad to chauffeur.



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A3 Frankfurt-Würzburg, Exit 66 (Wertheim/Lengfurt) 50 minutes from Frankfurt, Mon-Sat 10.00 - 20.00
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